VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
A new nation gives birth to life-saving obstetric care
July 6, 2012 by Peter Biro
|Arek Akot Mawien after giving birth to her daughter Ajok. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
Ripping up clouds of red dust, the International Rescue Committee ambulance flies along the potholed roads leading to the South Sudanese town of Aweil. Inside, 19-year-old Arek Mawien lies on a stretcher grimacing in pain as she struggles to give birth to her first baby.