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Jakia (Aged 27)

Jakia was five months pregnant, having lost her first two precious children.  Kroo is often described as the worst place in the world to live, with life expectancy at around 32

We came across Jakia when we visited the Kroo Bay slum in Sierra Leone Freetown.  Jakia came running to us because she had heard that a midwife from the Aberdeen Women’s Centre was visiting.

Jakia was five months pregnant, having lost her first two precious children.  Kroo is often described as the worst place in the world to live, with life expectancy at around 32.  Kroo Bay sits on the beach, at the foo of the hills of Freetown.  Every year devastating floods rage through Kroo Bay taking many lives, including one of Jakia’s children.  Yet people return to the area each year and start over.

Her second pregnancy ended when inexperienced nurses tried to push her baby out by pressing vigorously.  She wept as she told us about delivering a dead baby.

This experience, and a fear of Ebola, keeps Jakia away from the health system.  She was overjoyed to hear form other mothers in Kroo Bay that Aberdeen Women’s Centre will delivery her baby safely and care for her and the baby before and after delivery for no cost at all.

In a post-script, it gives us so much joy to say Jakia delivered a health girl at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre March 2017.

Jakia, is also featured on our SBS Dateline documentary ‘Daughter of Sierra Leone’.

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SIERRA LEONE - THE COUNTRY

The Republic of Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa bordered by Guinea, Liberia and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a tropical climate, with a diverse environment ranging from savanna to rainforests. The country has a total area of 71,740km2 and a population of 7.65 million. The country's capital and largest city is Freetown, where Aberdeen Women’s Centre is located.

POLITICS

Sierra Leone became independent from the UK on 27 April 1961, led by Sir Milton Margai, who became the country's first prime minister. The current president of Sierra Leone is Julius Maada Bio.

RELIGION

Sierra Leone is a Muslim-majority country, with the overall Muslim population at 78%, though there is an influential Christian minority at 21%. Sierra Leone is regarded as one of the most religiously tolerant states in the world. Muslims and Christians collaborate and interact with each other very peacefully, and religious violence is very rare. Freedom From Fistula treat patients regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability or sex.

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