Igår berättade vi om Esrom Nyambare som är aktivist för jämställdhet hos Afrikagruppernas partner PADARE. Idag publicerar vi en dikt som han skrivit särskilt för Afrikagruppernas kampanj mot mödradödlighet.
Save the lifegivers
Women are the life givers of the world
In the endeavour to give life
Of their own life many lose hold
But why? Why should maternal mortality wreck havoc on humanity
Maternal mortality – the death of a woman
The cause – pregnancy related complications
Which come in different complexions
Pregnancy induced hypertension
Puerperal sepsis and post-partum haemorrhage
All these, our life givers savage
Whilst little is done our life givers to salvage
Who should take the lead to save women from maternal death?
It takes a man for a woman to be pregnant
But why men abandon her in an instant
Leaving her so ashamed
By that pregnancy to be named
Her only option – illegal abortion
For there is no room for adoption
If you are man don’t go away
Never will she go astray
Together; stay put and looks after the pregnancy
Maternal deaths could be greatly reduced
Governments – should these life givers perish?
As it seem like they have no one, them to cherish?
Why are ante natal services scarce?
Health centres so few to be accessible by all
Maternal health services fees,
Another restraint – for women to access antenatal services
Saving our life givers – everyone’s responsibility
You pregnant woman show your alacrity
Be thorough informed about pregnancy
Visit health centres early during pregnancy
Never miss opportunities to learn of methods
Of pregnancy care, and safe delivery modes
If we truly love our selves
Why our life givers should we shelve?
Yet bundles of joy, to all they bring
Let’s unite our efforts
An end to maternal death we must bring
Only the maternal death we will say we are your Kings.
By Esrom Nyambare
Gender activist and Padare/Enkundleni Executive member