Christian Aid Week : ‘All mums should live’

Jebbeh Konneh is heavily pregnant. Her sister recently died in childbirth and Jebbeh fears she may be next: ‘I’m afraid. I pray, when that day comes, God will help me to deliver safely, so that I can have a bouncing baby and I’ll be healthy.’

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 in to 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

This Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, St John’s will be showing solidarity with other local churches in engaging with the house to house collection, reminding people that Christians are concerned for the needs of others, and offering an occasion for people in the community to experience the blessing which come to those who give.

It is also a very good opportunity to pray for the homes where we deliver envelopes and call to collect.

Could you volunteer to deliver or collect envelopes?

It is often encouraging to deliver or collect with someone else. Why not volunteer as a small group?

Email Helen Nixon today and join with us so women like Jebbeh can celebrate more happy birth days.

Click here to read more for helpful information for volunteers.

Photo Credit: Christian Aid / Tom Pilston

2nd Apr 2019 Posted in: News by Fran Varley 0

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