Mothers

Today we celebrate mothers. With all our faults, our strengths and different beliefs, the core of motherhood is universal; it’s driven by love.

“No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.”    – Edwin Hubbell Chapin                                                     

Breast fed

This is Andolina. She is a Mozambican woman who recently gave birth to a healthy 5 kg baby without the help of any pain killers, not even a paracetamol!

Mother in sickness and health

A week after she gave birth, she fell ill with malaria. She continued to care for her newborn, despite raging fevers, headaches and vomiting. Thankfully she received treatment quickly and has fully recovered.

 

Andolina’s sister, mother and children.

       3 Generations

 

” A mothers love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things, and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”   – Agatha Christie

Mother and child                  Breast fed ii                Mother and child ii

In

Marks of motherhood

I met this mother 3 years ago in a remote area along the Pungwe river in Mozambique. She was the youngest of 3 wives to an old man with a total of 34 children.

Pungwe River Homestead

Pungwe River Homestead

        The marks of motherhood

I was delighted to meet her again just recently by chance. Mother and child are looking strong and healthy.

 “Every year, about 86,000 newborns die before reaching age one and an additional 38,000 die before reaching age five – nearly 340 every day.    Malaria, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, and vaccine-preventable diseases are the main causes of child deaths in Mozambique. And gains that have been made in reducing child mortality are now threatened by HIV and AIDS. About 410 people become infected every day, of whom about 85 are children infected through mother-to-child transmission.”    – Unicef

Rescue       Mozambican Mother      Mother and daughter

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the centre of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”   – Jessica Lange

Paddy baby copy    The Pram is coming too     estate jan 2014 013

“That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.”

                                      – Lauryn Hill

Pregnant     Umbrella protection       Sleeping baby

“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.”  – E M Forster