Everyday should be Mother’s Day

1 April 2011 by Alison Cornmell

The big day is approaching, the day when flower sales rocket and card shops are filled to capacity. That’s right it’s Mother’s Day, the one day in the year when we say thanks to our mums for generally being lovely.

But is one day enough perhaps everyday should be Mother’s Day? Especially in developing countries where women face serious health problems including death because of complications due to pregnancy and birth. As well as risking their own health, mothers in countries such as Sierra Leone face losing their children. 

Some of the women photographed by Lee Karen Stow in the exhibition ‘42’ Women of Sierra Leone have stories to tell of the difficulties of motherhood before their child even comes into the world.

For example Rebecca Kamara (pictured below) gave birth to Raymond, her first-born, in a traditional birth attendant’s room in a rural village in Sierra Leone. She had no pain relief and the room, with its resident chicken, was lit with candles and a torch. They were lucky, both survived. Follow the link to hear her story

A mother kisses her baby boy on the nose

Rebecca had to give birth to her son Raymond with no pain relief and the only light came from a candle and a torch.


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