Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sometimes Tears Compel

Lynsey Addario just made me sob. I don't know her, but I know the images of maternal mortality she captures with her camera. This is a link to one of the most graphic realities of pregnancy and childbirth for too many women in the world. Warning, it is hard to see these images. These pictures will transport you . . . but my ultimate hope is that they will inspire you to gather social and financial capital. Capital that has the power to increase maternal health. We can increase maternal health. These pictures don't have to be a reality.

Lynsey was kidnapped in Libya earlier this month. Some say women shouldn't report in war zones. I just say there shouldn't be war zones. But if they exist, women, their pens and their cameras need to be there recording . . . reporting.

Maternal mortality is a war zone too.

(Lynsey Addario, I thank you for your bravery and calling. Please keep taking pictures and telling stories.)
ps Lynsey is no longer a captive! She is free and continuing her craft. 


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