‘We’re not baby factories’: the refugees trying injectable contraceptives

Original post by The Guardian on Tue 25 Feb 2020 at 07:00 GMT

Christine Lamwaka and her husband gathered their six children and fled. It was April 2017 and their town in South Sudan had just been attacked. They walked for two days from Eastern Equatoria before crossing the border into Uganda.

“It was hard to flee with the young children. We struggled to run. I thought we couldn’t make it alive,” says Lamwaka, who was 22 at the time of the attack.

“We suffered a lot. I had given birth just a few months before and was breastfeeding. The children were crying. We are lucky to be alive.”

As well as ensuring her children were safe and the family had food and shelter, Lamwaka wanted to make sure she didn’t have any more children. But she was unable to access family planning services.

Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/25/the-sel-injectable-contraceptive-helping-refugees-in-uganda-plan-their-families-south-sudan

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