Maternity Ward portrays the doctors, nurses and patients in the maternity ward of Kanombe Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, 2013. In Rwanda, many women become pregnant at a very young age. A lack of sexual education and family planning as well as strict local traditions regularly cause problems during home- and hospital births. Although Rwandan hospitals have been saturated with financial and medical aid for years, they still suffer from shortages in medical equipment, maintenance and staff training.
Maternity Ward is the 4th installment of Julia Gunther’s ongoing project Proud Women of Africa – a collection of short visual stories that portrays the daily lives of remarkable women living or working in Africa. Remarkable because they fought, survived, overcame or simply ignored the obstacles that life has thrown at them. Remarkable because they never gave up. All of the women in my pictures have suffered in some way: they’ve been ostracized by society, are desperately poor, or have experienced terrible injustice. But they are also all still proud. Proud of who they are, of their lives and the love they represent.
Maternity Ward, Kanombe Hospital, Kigali, Rwanda – 2013.
By Julia Gunther