Wednesday, July 29, 2009
VVF Epidemy in Northern Nigeria
I spent two years in Bauchi little after the British created Nigeria and delivered it to the natives. It was a prosperous area, with large peanut and meat exports. Public order and safety was excellent in my times, but lately it seems to have deteriorated to the level of "war zone" and local papers write about an epidemy of VVF. What is VVF?
It is an injury caused by violent rape at an early age. VVF is a permanent hole between the bladder and the vagina that causes the continuous involuntary discharge of urine, causing profound disconfort and social trauma to the woman. It has become so widespread that some missionary clinics are specializing in repairing VVF.