X-Ray 9 interviewed 3 generations of one family in their community of La Carona, her is what Anastasia 56, Joclene 27 and Daisy 11 said:
In the indigenous community of La Carona, Conte Burika 200 women live an 8 hour walk away from the nearest available healthcare, the majority of the babies are delivered by their grandmothers and pregnancy care is only available once every two months.
Anastasia, 56, mother of 7 children says;
I was born in Conte Burika in a village close to the border with Panama. This is where I grew up, got married and had my first child at the age of 15. During my pregnancy and the delivery of my children there was no medical care for me or my family. We had to walk 8 hours to the nearest clinic or wait for the doctor to come out. The doctors visits were unpredictable and often only happened a few times a year.In total I had seven children, two children died in their infancy. When I was 26 I moved to La Corona. I have lived here taking care of my family ever since.
I was born in La Corona. I went to school in a village called Alto Guyami which was a three hour walk away there and back every day till the age of 14 when I left school to get married to a man from the village. During all my pregnancies health care was unavailable, the only person that helped me was my mother. I beleive that the healthpost is very important for the women of this village, for this generation and the next. I hope it will give them the help and support that I wish I had received.
Daisy, 11, daughter of Joclene says;
Just like my brothers and sisters I was born in La Carona. Every day I wake at 5am to help my mother clean the house and prepare breakfast. At 7am I leave for school which, now, is only a 10 minute walk away thanks to the new school building built by Raleigh. In the afternoon I help my mother with my younger brothers and sisters. When I finish school here I want to go to the big city to become a doctor so that when I come back home I can help my mum and everyone in the village in the medical centre.
Raleigh and Health
These women were interviewed by Fay Koster who then spent thirty painstaking minutes dictating the interview five words at a time to Fieldbase over the radio, in order to bring these amazing stories to you on International Women's Day.