By: Habiba Cooper Diallo
At the end of July, Burkinabe star singer, Dicko Fils was in Halifax to perform at AFRIFEST, Africa Festival of Arts and Culture. While I was there selling copies of my book, YESHIALEM LEARNS ABOUT FISTULA, I had the great pleasure to catch up with Dicko! Watch our one-on-one in the video above.
Fistula is also a problem in Burkina Faso where Dicko Fils is from. Fistula causes women to leak urine, feces or both after a difficult labour, which leads to intense shame and isolation in their communities due to their bad smell.
QUICK Facts about Burkina Faso for YOU:
Population- About 20 million
Capital City: Ouagadougou
Major Ethnic Groups: Mossi, Fulani, Gurma
Maternal Mortality: 371 deaths/ 100 000 live births (2015)
On August 4th 1984, Thomas Sankara, led Burkina Faso, formerly called 'Upper Volta' to independence after decades of French colonial rule. Sankara declared that true freedom would come when women were empowered. One of his famous sayings is:
Habiba Cooper Diallo
I am a Canadian fistula advocate and blogger, and the founder of the Women’s Health Organization International, WHOI. I have been doing fistula awareness-building in Canada for the past 10 years. My work on fistula has led me to Guinea, Ethiopia, and Sierra Leone. I have been featured in Forbes, the HuffPost, and UNFPA