on a day when the world’s media is focused on the birth of one child and on one mother in london, it’s worth noting that in the DRC, one in thirty mothers will die giving birth, while one in six children will die before the age of five, making it the most dangerous country in the world in which to give birth*.
globally, 1,000,000 babies will die on the day of their birth, making this the most dangerous day of a person’s life. these deaths are almost entirely preventable with basic medical care.
the first three photos were taken by finbarr o’reilly in goma, DRC in 2008, while the fourth photo was taken by corinne dufka in 1994 just north of the congolese border, showing a dying rwandan woman attempting to breastfeed her child next to hundreds of corpses waiting to be buried in a mass grave.
*giving birth is not the only danger these women face. an estimated 400,000 congolese women are raped every year, making the DRC “the rape capital of the world”