Instead of focusing on the joys of welcoming her first baby into the world, any anticipation Traore Jeneba might feel is ripped by the memories of machine gun staccato and the apparent murder of her father in law.
Jeneba and her husband live in Africa's Sahel region, one of the most dangerous places on planet Earth. A changing climate, political instability and increased militarism have forced thousands to flee their homes. Their family is but one of legions in Burkina Faso who have been forced to seek refuge in communities that might protect them.
Newborn, and not home
Where Jeneba and her family were once stable farmers, living off the land, today they pay rent for the dirt space where a tent is now home. While her husband tries to start farming again as a squatter on nearby vacant land, Jeneba tends to the family's daily meal – rations of grain and oil.
Rations that support her and her growing baby.
Rations that tie the family over, until the promise of peace and new food can take root.
Rations that keep families fed, safe and nourish expecting mothers.