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In pictures: Mothers in eastern Congo

Luanda Wema

Luanda Wema walked 20km to the 'Welcome Village' at Masisi Hospital for pregnant women at risk, 80km west of Goma. Photos by Sarah Elliott.

Kahindo Kahayo

The clinic has been set up by the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. Kahindo Kahayo, 18, who is expecting her first child, has been given help in learning how to feed a baby


Esperance is expecting her third child after her second died at five weeks old. If her new baby is a girl she wants to call her Clarysse but says her husband will decide.


Furaha has spent the last month of her pregnancy at the clinic. She says she did not want to "risk dying on the way as other women do when they leave for hospital at the last moment."

Nsii Nukandirwa

Nsii Nukandirwa has had three children already and wants to have seven. Afterwards she hopes to "still be healthy and be able to work in the fields."

Agathe and Francine

Mama Agathe and Mama Francine both work at the clinic helping pregnant women and victims of sexual violence. Their work is documented on the website Condition: Critical, set up by Medecins Sans Frontieres.

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