A grandmother from rural Afghanistan loses her daughter at the moment she is to become a grandmother. But she vows that she won’t lose her precious granddaughter to the same fate.
Anahita* was about to become a grandmother – a proud moment in every mother’s life. Her beloved daughter, Rana, was due to give birth. At first, the delivery and birth seemed to go smoothly and after a few hours Rana was presented with a healthy little girl.
However, it soon became clear that Rana herself wasn’t so healthy following the birth. She began to turn pale, and her stomach started to swell. There were no medical professionals in their village or for many miles. No one in the village knew what to do to help Rana. The family lived in a remote and often inaccessible village. The closest clinic was an eight to ten hour drive away, travelling through Afghanistan’s rugged landscape.
The celebrations evaporated as Anahita desperately tried to help Rana using the traditional methods that she had learnt from her own mother. ‘I slaughtered an animal,’ Anahita explained with tears in her eyes. ‘I prayed that it would be accepted instead of the new mother, but it was all in vain.’