Maternal Health in IDP Camps
As an IWMF fellow, I travelled to the camps of internally displaced people
around Goma, where I talked to women living there about their health issues.
Most of them lived in these camps for up to 15 years and never seen a
doctor in their lives, or never had access to birth control. I met a
26-year-old who had just given birth to her seventh child.
When I approached a pygmy woman, “Sure, we can talk,” she said. “But I am
warning you, I am heavily pregnant and I can give birth any time.”
- Didem Tali