• Leone, mothers stand in line with their infants to receive free immunizations provided by the government.  This is a hopeful picture for a country that is one of the least safe places in the world for a woman to give birth, with one out of every seven women dying during pregnancy or childbirth. But as each mother gets to the front of the line, the nurse demands six cups of rice before administering the immunization. 

The mothers comply.

Across the border in neighboring Liberia, the communities of Bomi Hills suffer from delivery failures in other ways.  Residents of what was formerly known as “Bomi Holes,” due to longtime iron ore extraction