Since I am working in Uganda since 1997, I have heard many stories, some were sad, some were unbelievable. Many times I have so much respect for the mothers, who have such a hard and difficult life. Today I met Rose, and again I feel so much for the women of this nation.
Rose was send to Amecet by the Health Centre, where she went for immunization for her three baby's, she has triplets. She told us that she has 7 more children at home, and that she also had 4 miscarriages. She didn't look very old, she might be in her early forties. She was breastfeeding her triplets, who were now 4 months old. But she had not enough milk for all three, now the baby's were bigger, they needed more, so the first two drank the breast empty and often there was nothing left for number three. The lady was really trying, her baby's were looking good and clean, she was carrying one baby on the back and one in her arms and she had her eight year old daughter with her to carry number three.
We had a long talk about family planning, and we decided to give them porridge flour, sugar and soap every two weeks. She will come back in two weeks with her husband. We also gave her a bag with children clothes, we got a lot of clothes from the teams and volunteers who came to Amecet. She was very happy, at least we could encourage her and help her a little bit. But I am so impressed with her, to have such a burden en still be happy and smiling.