My name is Tenin and I am 16 years old. My father passed away when I was a child, leaving my mother alone with 4 children. I couldn’t continue school. Our village was attacked several times and we had to flee to the city. The city is filled with armed groups. Life was not easy because we are very poor.
2 years ago, a neighbor asked my mother for my hand in marriage and gave a dowry. The imam married us. I have a 1-year-old baby. Since giving birth, I still had severe pain and could not produce milk. My pain kept me from doing most of the household chores.
My husband was not happy; he often brutalized me and hit me. He eventually divorced me and I had to move back to my mother's house.
My mother was not happy. One day, my neighbor mentioned services for women and children’s welfare. I took advantage of a visit to the health center for my baby to contact the service. After talking with the lady from the NGO, she brought me to a nurse who told me I had a fistula. The NGO helped me convince my mother that I had to do the treatment. They also gave us some cash so that my mother could start a small business. My mom treats me well now. I don’t want to be separated from my mother. The lady calls me often and listens to me. She put me in touch with an association that helped me get back to school. I am grateful and happy now.