#WATWB: Helping Expectant Mothers Give Birth in a Conflict Zone

Posted: 2017/05/26 in Blogging
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Have you ever wondered what happens to expectant mothers in war zones? When war breaks out suddenly and they have to live with the horror of losing their lives and that of their unborn babies. The anguish that comes with the awareness of imminent death is damaging to any ordinary person. To the delicate expectant mothers who should, in normal circumstances, be as physically and emotionally healthy as possible, the anguish is unspeakable.

Today, for the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB, I bring you the story of DR. MARIAM ALDOGANI from Yemen who helps expectant mothers caught up in the conflict there to deliver their children safely.

Dr. Aldogani works under extreme stress. Having lost a pregnancy before, and then later on going into labour at a time when the government had clashed violently with the rebels, she was in constant terror throughout. She could hear bombs exploding outside the hospital, doctors themselves were terrified, and each air raid was a message of despair. She developed complications and the baby had to be put in an incubator.

Yet she emerged a hero, now drawing from her experience to help other expectant mothers deliver their babies safely.

Dr. Aldogani

Image: Dr. Mariam Aldogani, Credit: BBC

This is the third celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

The co-hosts include:  Eric Lahti  Inderpreet Uppal,  Roshan RadhakrishnanEmerald Barnes, Lynn Hallbrooks, and myself.


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  1. Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news  about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
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  1. Dan Antion says:

    Here’s to the unsung heroes among us. If not for this post, we would never hear of this brave woman and her compassion and sacrifice. Thanks Peter.

  2. Kudos to Dr. Aldogani for her commitment and compassion – what a gift she is.

  3. God bless Dr. Aldogani!

  4. Ally Bean says:

    What a brave woman this doctor is. She inspires and makes me happy to know that there are still some selfless people in this world. Good story for this event.

  5. dweezer19 says:

    There are so many horrors in the world that people never even consider.

    • Peter Nena says:

      True. We often act out of selfishness. All about I, me, my, and mine. Regardless of the rest of the world. To meet a truly selfless soul like this wonderful doctor is to happen on a rare, rare gem.
      Thank you Cheryl.

  6. What a brave woman! Thanks for sharing.

    Emily | My Life In Ecuador

  7. John Maberry says:

    I am never ceased to be amazed at people who do this kind of dangerous support to those in need.

  8. simonfalk28 says:

    Dr. Aldogani is an inspiration and a true witness to the value of human lives into the future. Oh to have more Dr. Aldoganis, and under such circumstances. Thanks for much for this story, Peter, and for co-hosting us this month too! Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

  9. Susan Scott says:

    Thank you Peter for this extraordinary story of Dr. Aldogani .. it happens often that when we are brought low through tragedy as she was, something in us arises to do our best to ensure that no other has to go through similar or other dreadful experiences. May we all be inspired by her and help whenever and wherever we can, tragedy notwithstanding …

  10. hilarymb says:

    Hi Peter – Dr Aldogani must be one strong lady doctor – women’s lives are difficult at the best of times, but in war torn countries, and particularly the Yemen they will suffer much. What an amazing woman – I’ll keep an ear open for her name on the BBC world service in future. So pleased you’ve told us about her … cheers Hilary

  11. This doctor brings another meaning to “In Darkness, Be Light”. Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the #WATWB team.

  12. Dr. Aldogani is doing amazing work. Such strength and compassion. God bless her soul. ❤
    Under ‘normal’ day-to-day living situations, women face many challenges, so I can only imagine the hell they have to endure under war-torn circumstances.
    Thank you for highlighting the work of this wonderful woman.

  13. Madelaine Shaw-Wong says:

    Love makes people brave, to help others in need. What an amazing woman.

  14. Unimaginable and yet so many have endured these travails throughout history. And it is hard enough (believe me!) recovering in the lap of thoughtful postpartum care.

  15. manisha says:

    God bless Dr. Aldogani!

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