Marie and Banyi
Marie Katambua holds her youngest daughter Banyi, trying to make her sleep, at home, in Kananga, Kasaï region, Democratic Republic of Congo.
When Marie Katambua’s husband was killed last year, she had just given birth to Banyi, their sixth child. Right after giving birth, “they told us to leave the hospital because it was not safe,” she recalls. But as soon as she got home, gunmen burst into the house and shot her husband dead in front of her and the children.
She packed up the children and fled into the bush with the rest of her neighbours for several months, barely surviving on raw manioc roots they dug up, and drinking dirty water. “The children became malnourished because we had nothing to eat,” she remembers.
Now the security situation has stabilized, the family is back home in Kananga. Her daughter Banyi is now 11 months old. “I don’t know how to cultivate the land, and with my husband dead, how will we have anything to eat? My only wish now is to have food for my children.”
Shifting the focus to something a bit different today
LETS TALK ABOUT…. Female rights and equality.
Not the 18.4% kind of equality though, the type of equality we are all guilty of turning a blind eye too... All over the world females are still the most discriminated and excluded group, especially young girls simply just because they are that - young and girls. They are deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education and safety.
Did you know every 20 seconds a girl younger than 15 if forced into marriage somewhere in the world?
Did you know that nearly two thirds for the 77 million children that do not attend school world wide are girls?
Did you know that over female gential mutilation is still practicing in more that 29 countries across Africa, Middle East and South East Asia?
Did you know that 1 in 3 women will suffer physical and sexual violence from a man?
Charities such as Plan international, Girls not Brides and Care are working towards empowering young women making a long lasting effect to fulfil their full potential. But theirs only so much action they can take! They need more support and outreach. My next few posts will be highlighting the key issues of women’s suffering and how we can all support this movement!! #timetomakeaBIGchange