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Image Credit to Pablo Patruno

Image Credit to Pablo Patruno

A beautiful photo essay by Paolo Patruno following mothers through the journey of giving birth in Africa and highlighting the difficult reality of this journey.

In Malawi … the words for pregnancy in the local language—’pakati’ and ‘matenda’—translate into ‘between life and death’ and ‘sick’.

While documenting the lives of these mothers, I saw things that shocked me, such as a midwife yelling at a woman in labor to stop crying. I also met nurses and midwives who were heroes, saving the lives of mothers and children on a daily basis, despite strained resources and crowded facilities. I saw that the conditions in which women give birth can vary widely, even within the same community. Many women give birth in facilities without adequate equipment and services, or at home without skilled providers. Some women deliver their babies without access to power or running water.

In particular, women in poor and remote communities, far from the nearest health services, are most at risk. And of these, young women and girls are in the most danger: In many communities girls still marry when very young and contraceptive advice is poor or non-existent.

The death of a mother—an all too common outcome of these conditions—is a human tragedy. Her death endangers the lives of the surviving newborn and young children. Girl children are often pulled from school and required to fill their lost mother’s roles. A mother’s death makes it harder for the family to obtain life’s necessities and escape the crush of poverty. As I’ve traveled throughout Africa over the past ten years, I have seen how important women’s roles are, not just for families, but for entire communities.

Find full essay and images at Birth is A Dream.

 

 

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A series of photos on Betel Nut from Dawei in the south of Myanmar. Betel is popular in Myanmar and is chewed as a stimulant. The production of Betel is an important source of livelihood for farmers in the Dawei area.

rolling betel

The ingredients of Betel

Betel ready to eat

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Heading back to Myanmar soon and thought I would share this picture taken a while ago of a woman cooking over an open fire Shan State in Burma. #burmamyanmar #shanstate #kalawinle #trekkingmyanmar #womenatwork #femalepreneur #eattheworld #traveldeeper #instatravel #tasteintravel #bcctravel #guardiantravelsnaps #forbestravelguide #jetjournal #girlswhoexplore #tourtheplanet #galloptravel #traditionalcooking #openfirecooking #shanstatemyanmar #blackandwhitephotography #instamyanmar #myanmartrip #visitburma #visitmyanmar #smoke #nikon5000 #lightandshadow #ipreview #throwbackthursday @preview.app
Out On The World my spoken word show is back for one night only. Join me for a journey to Nicaragua, Egypt and Burma. I have been rehearsing today and am excited to perform @lighthousebooks. If you are at the Edinburgh fringe come travel with me tomorrow at 8pm.
Been playing around with photo and video edits for a new video poem. This is my watermelon montage 😋🍉🍉🍉🙄 Music is Gaze by Yung Kartz. Available on Creative Commons. #lifeofanartist #calledtobecreative #artinprogress #creativelifehappylife #creativelife #livecreatively #doitfortheprocess #creativityfound #colorfullife #colorcrush #ihavethisthingwithcolor #crafttherainbow #dailydoseofcolor #creativestudio #creativityeveryday #creativecommunity #seekinspirecreate #designisinthedetails #delicious #ourfoodstories #foodoftheday #healthyeating #veganfoodlovers #inspiremyinstagram #nothingisordinary #videopoem #writersofinstagram #watermelon #videoediting #pink @preview.app
A photo of a lettuce on a rooftop in Egypt ☺🐊🐛🌱🌏. Taken for an article I wrote in 2012 about community garden projects in Cairo after the revolution. It was one of my favourite pieces to write as the projects were so inspiring - people finding innovative ways to grow flowers and greens in the middle of the desert. 💚
A shot from a while ago. Flower festival in Spello Italy. Walking on a carpet of petals 🏵🌼🌹🌺⚘🌻🌷🌸💮
Excerpt from my first video poem. Full poem is in my IGTV above. Writing about Burma filmed in autumnal Switzerland. 🍂🍀🍁🌍❤

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