Visual Artist and Communications Specialist Joni Kabana is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From her project ‘Footsteps to Healing’. To see Joni ‘s body of work click on any image.


Men frantically compete to have the names of their loved ones added to a list that will permit them to be seen by visiting surgeons.


A woman views her newborn child for the first time after her life and that of her baby’s were saved by emergency Cesarean surgery.


A woman looks on with disdain as she realizes the visiting doctor will leave before she can be treated.


A brother comforts his sister as she clings to life after suffering obstructed labor for days in her remote village.


According to the World Health Organization, every minute at least one woman dies worldwide from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. This outcome creates an enormous negative economic impact on the rural population due to child  abandonment and the loss of the ability to fetch water and gather firewood to sustain families. There is pressure to fulfill the responsibilities in the villages of those women who have died or have become unable to perform their work. Men leave their fields and animals unattended in order to carry women to a remote health facility, only to find that the visiting doctor already has left. The Ethiopian Government is working diligently to build rural hospitals and roads, and they are training doctors and midwives to assist obstructed labor. In addition, child marriage has been outlawed in Ethiopia with the goal of eradicating the occurrence of fistula and maternal/neonatal deaths. However, there still remains a dire shortage of doctors in the rural areas of Ethiopia.


A woman waits with men who support her for a chance to be seen by visiting doctors in rural Ethiopia.


The lives of women in rural Ethiopia are challenging for many reasons including the arduous daily gathering of wood and the difficulty in collecting water for their families.



Men press against the hospital doors in hopes of convincing a doctor to examine their loved one.




See also:

A Touch Of Blindsight

By Joni Kabana