The war in the northern Uganda and South Sudan share similar stories about mothers delivering along the way to safety or in the bushes as they make their way to safer areas.
A few story about labour on the way:Rose Akongo, 26, was in labour by the time she arrived at the border post. Uganda/Evelyn MatsamuraKiapi
LAMWO, Uganda – Nine mothers stood in a single-file line, cuddling their newborn babies, in a refugee reception centre in northern Uganda. Visibly exhausted and anxious, each had a story to tell about being heavily pregnant, and nearing their expected delivery dates, when they were forced to flee the armed conflict raging in Pajok, a town in South Sudan.
Of the nine women – all displaced earlier this month – two had delivered en route to safety, and one had given birth in a tent at the reception centre. The others delivered at the nearby Ngoromoro Health Centre II, “We walked with difficulty, but we could not stay behind because we feared we would be killed by the guns,” said 26-year-old Rose Akongo, who trekked for two days through the bush with her 3-year-old daughter, Brenda, on her back. To this end, these trained CHAC live and move with the people together and can help to bridge the gaps between the health workers and communtiy in such situations.