Endre Vestvik

Endre Vestvik

When rape is used as a weapon of war, it often involves brutal violence and the forced insertion of objects into genitalia. It may also target young girls whose bodies have not fully developed. This can cause traumatic gynecological injuries, such as fistulas between the vagina and the rectum or bladder. Women with fistulas suffer from incontinence and are unable to control the constant flow of urine and/or feces that leak from the tear. The Panzi Hospital provides reconstructive surgery for survivors of sexual violence in order to help them regain control over their bodies.