Photoblog: Sierra Leone - Toby Binder

© Toby Binder

Bo, Sierra Leone – March 2010
Batu brought her pregnant daughter to MSF-run Gondama Referral Centre (GRC) in the district of Bo in Sierra Leone. Marnie had bleedings and was in a lot of pain. For her baby, the help came too late. It was the thirty-year-old’s second pregnancy. Her first child was born by caesarean section in 2008. Her caesarean wound did not heal properly and left scars. “Most women come to us too late even in case of severe complications, because they can hardly pay for public transport. They are in a very bad state when they arrive here, have severe bleedings or suffer from infections or anaemia”, says Belgian gynaecologist Greetje Torbeyns.