- Afarabadaga Atiru is an 84-year-old woman living with Obstetric Fistula
- The octogenarian works as a farmer to fend for herself amid her struggles and condition
- The native of Pungu in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of the Upper East Region needs to undergo surgery
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At 84 years, Afarabadaga Atiru is nearing her grave with time but this journey has become a life of hell as she suffers from Obstetric Fistula.
For over four decades, the octogenarian has been living with Obstetric Fistula after she developed the medical condition during her last birth.
The native of Pungu in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of the Upper East Region has no living child as she lost all her five children.
The widow and mother of five curses the day Covid-19 emerged as she struggles each day despite her ill health to make ends meet.
Sometimes she's tempted to believe the novel coronavirus is not real, but its impact on her daily and financial life gives her reason to think otherwise.
At her old age, Atiru ekes out a living from her groundnut farm but she's not able to produce enough to feed herself because of her condition.
''I have a groundnut farm but I've not been able to start cultivation on it because I feel weak. And to get labourers to work on it for me, I need money. So for now, anytime I feel fine, I try to work on the farm by uprooting the weeds. I don't have any relatives too who can help me,'' she told JoyNews.
Atiru often depends on the benevolence of a White man in the community who helps the poor and other neighbors for food.
Despite the daily circles of struggling life, Atiru has no mattress and pillow to sleep away from her pain in the small room built for her by a Good Samaritan.
Atiru seeks comfort for her ailing body when she is tired or sleepy on the bare floor and wooden bench after her mat became tattered; she has never owned a mattress.
In the following report, JoyNews Beryl Ernestina Richter travelled to Pungu in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of the Upper East Region of Ghana and tells the story of 84-year-old Afarabadaga Atiru who is not only battling Obstetric Fistula but has also been brutally battered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In other news, Ghanaian ex-convict, Richard Nyarko, who was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison has become a Kingdom representative following his release from jail.
Nyarko was handed a thirty-five-year jail sentence for a crime he committed in 1994 after his appeal at the High Court was rejected twice.
Despite the setback, he went on to appeal his sentence the third time, and a judge convinced his colleague judges who presided over Nyarko's case to reduce his sentence by ten years.
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