Eleanor Weber Ballard/MSF
“My baby has a life of hardship ahead of him – what hope is there for a child born in a refugee camp?”
Aisha, age 23, lives in Nduta camp with her husband and two children. She recently gave birth to her third child at the camp`s MSF-run maternity hospital, making her one of the 3,005 women who delivered at MSF facilities in Nduta in 2016. Due to complications during labour, Aisha`s baby is being kept in the hospital for ongoing care and observation.
“I`m so happy about the birth of my son but I`m also concerned about his future. He was born after foetal distress. He can`t breathe properly, he hasn`t been moving, and he still hasn`t cried or made any of the noises that babies normally make. He`s also unable to feed naturally so he`s eating via a tube. He is only five days old but he has already seen so much suffering. I know that he has a life of hardship ahead of him – what hope is there for a child born in a refugee camp?
When I think of the future, I feel sad. I have no money or way to provide for my baby and two older children. I`ve been in the camp for 10 months now but food is still a problem – I don`t have the ingredients I need to make proper meals and we normally run out of supplies long before we`re given our next ration. I try my best to provide for my children but they don`t eat well and they also don`t have enough clothes.
I used to have so many dreams but now I try to block them from my mind - there`s no opportunities for me to plan or develop myself anymore. I feel trapped here and wish I could find a peaceful place to escape to, but I don`t have any other options. When I remember what happened to me back home, I know it`s better to stay in Nduta. I will never, ever go back to my country. Instead I just have to try to find a way to keep going here.”