Yabsera Marcos, who graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts on Sunday, May 28th, 2006, took a chance when she picked an unusual topic for her thesis. She wrote about the young women in Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, which is the only health institution in the world that caters exclusively to fistula patients.
As an eighth grader and member of a choir group, she performed for the women patients at the hospital. That experience inspired her and throughout her high school and college years she wanted to go back to the hospital and tell the story of those young girls.
Twenty two year old Yabsera was born in Los Angeles, California but raised in Addis Ababa. She came to the United States in 2001. She will be teaching in Greenwich, Connecticut for one year starting in September and wishes to either pursue a future in public health or medicine. Mestawot hosts Konjit Taye and Fregenet Asseged talked to Yabsera Marcos. (Click the link above to listen to the interview in Amharic)