Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth. In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds.
Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it’s not joy that fills her heart, but fear. When Jebbeh’s sister Fatmata went into labour, there were so few ambulances that Fatmata had no choice but to walk for three hours under the baking sun, to the nearest hospital. The journey was long and with every step Fatmata struggled to keep walking. Jebbeh told us: ‘My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.’
This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.
“Stand with Mums!”
During Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, our church will be collecting at Sydenham Hill Station every morning during the rush hour, there are also envelopes at the back of the church for parishioners to make a contribution. Will you be a partner for change? If our church raised £300, it could help provide a new delivery bed so that more mums like Jebbeh can deliver their babies safely. Please pray for our Christian Aid collection team today and join us so women like Jebbeh can celebrate more happy birth days.
Bernhard Schunemann, more information on www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week/
12 May 2019