Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I Do Not Understand

A Somali woman was stoned to death today. She was 20 and recently gave birth. Her baby was stillborn. I do not understand.

I do not understand why she had to die. I do not understand why the father of her baby was given 100 lashes, and she was murdered. I do not understand why we don't know her name.

Every minute of every day a woman dies somewhere in the world because of a pregnancy related cause. Causes can include sepsis, hemorrhaging, obstructed labor, and eclampsia. I do not understand why I have to add stoning to the list of pregnancy related deaths.

I know how to gather supplies for birthing kits and work with local villages to arrange skilled birthing attendant training. I know how to encourage people of faith to learn more about what they can do to increase maternal health globally. How do we increase maternal health by decreasing stoning?

photo courtesy of Gavatron's flikr photo stream


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