Graphic Novel: Motherhood in crisis | Sierra Leone News

Four women tell their stories about hardship and survival in Sierra Leone, a country where pregnancy often means the risk of death.

In the West African nation of Sierra Leone, every tenth woman dies during childbirth. Health systems are fragile – further burdened by Ebola and now COVID-19 – and access to basic treatment is often limited.

Pregnant women’s trips to health care can be long and traumatic. In this comic series, four women tell of hardship and survival in a country where pregnancy means the risk of death.

Memunatu: The distant patient
“Birth in my village”
Read their story

Heela: The school girl
“My stolen future”
Read their story

Kadiatu: The grieving mother
“The devil at my door”
Read their story

Tetteh: The prisoner
“My punishment”
Read their story