Originally created 09/19/06

The spotlight: Brittany Jones


THE STATS: 16, a junior at the Academy of Richmond County

WHAT: Organizer of the ARC Fistula Project

HER STORY: Last year, Brittany read an article about fistula, an injury to the birth canal that allows leakage from the bladder or rectum into the vagina, creating a foul smell. It's common in countries such as Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia. Teen mothers with the condition become isolated from their families and community.

"When I read about the 13-year-old girl who was sold for a camel that ran away, who was later left pregnant by her husband, I sympathized for the girl," she said.

This past spring, Brittany began the ARC Fistula Project, where she and a few students sold bracelets made by the victims of the condition. The money raised would go toward the girls getting corrective surgery. She plans to have a fundraiser walk.

For more information contact Charlie Tudor at (706) 737-7152.

- Brianna Mack


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