Dedicated to Sisters Bolumbu, Madeleine, and Nzako by the Maternité Sans Risque, Democratic Republic of the Congo, from the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood’s Stories of Mothers Lost

Bolumbu Bangolo had three healthy children. During labor for her fourth pregnancy, Bolumbu experienced complications, but there were no doctors, equipment, or medications available to treat her. She died with her family and nurses around her. Bolumbo’s sisters also died of complications related to childbirth.

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