10:00 – Beira, Mozambique
In Mozambique, midwife Laura meets with pregnant women left homeless by a hurricane
Laura Brito is a survivor of Cyclone Idai, a huge weather system that battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi in March of this year, killing more than 1000 people and injuring 1,641. In the aftermath of the disaster, Laura became a volunteer for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), with whom she helps other women living in the Peacock accommodation centre in the city of Beira.
“For women, it was more difficult. There was a woman who left her house because she had to go where her children were, but on her way, a coconut tree fell on her. She lost her life right away. Her story saddened me a lot. I’ve never talked to pregnant women before, it’s practically a lecture I give them. I’m not ashamed anymore and now when I talk to them it is like I’m talking to my own daughter,” said Laura, who has three children and is expecting her fourth.
Concerned about other women, the 34-year-old Mozambican supports pregnant women, assists survivors of violence and gives advice pertinent to their sexual and reproductive health such as using condoms. In this center, UNFPA distributed dignity kits, held information sessions on sexual and reproductive health and implemented a clinic with integrated services shelter and care for survivors of violence.
“Here the strength I pass on is so that women do not become discouraged. I feel very proud, from the bottom of my heart.”
Watch the video above to hear Laura’s amazing story.