Christian Aid week takes place on 12th – 18th May 2019 and this year it reflects upon Sierra Leone, which is the worlds most dangerous place to give birth.
In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds.
Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it’s not joy that fills her heart, but fear. When Jebbeh’s sister Fatmata went in to labour, there were so few ambulances that Fatmata had no choice but to walk for three hours under the baking sun, to the nearest hospital. The journey was long and with every step Fatmata struggled to keep walking.
Jebbeh told us: ‘My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.’
Christian Aid has prepared a series of daily devotionals exploring Hannah’s sorrow, hope and joy of becoming a mother in 1 Samuel, which sits alongside the stories of women from Sierra Leone.
This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.
You can read more about Christian Aid week and Jebbeh’s story at