Becoming a mother in a Rohingya refugee camp


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/19/becoming-a-mother-in-a-rohingy.html

Rojinessa labored through the night and gave birth to a baby boy around dawn. Her mother delivered the baby. No doctors were present. No midwives. No beeping machines. Rojinessa became a mother in a tent with a bare concrete floor, a plastic sheet roof, and no running water. She is a Rohingya refugee, living in Ukhia, Bangladesh, with more than 650,000 other refugees who have fled the grotesque and incomprehensible genocide ravaging her people in Burma.


#2

But there are a number of reasons a woman might not go. Maybe her husband won’t give her permission. Or he can’t give her permission because he’s out working in the fields.

Blood pressure rising


#3

Roe v. Wade. This is it. This is it, in a nutshell. It’s only tangentially about abortion; it’s really the ruling that a woman owns her own body and can make her own medical decisions without her responsible male owner.

I don’t care how you feel about abortion, the fact that a major political party wants to overturn RvW should make even anti-abortion people sick to their stomachs.

And yes, I want to make the medical decisions for my wife IF SHE IS UNABLE TO DO SO HERSELF, just as I want her to do so for me, should I not be able to. But that is medical power of attorney by choice, not ownership.


#4

Can the husbands be urged to get vasectomies in the camps, or be convinced to practice withdrawal? So many of these problems can be prevented…sigh.


#5

if it’s your legal spouse you refer to… in the US that contract is still about ownership.


#6

Maybe the OB/GYN could give the husband a referral?


#7

In order to avoid ownership aspects of marriage, we’ve had to do some weird legal stuff. And sadly, it still isn’t 100%.

She is my equal partner and the law just isn’t set up for that.


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