May 9, 2014

Mary is a young Dinka woman who recently had a baby while living in a camp in South Sudan. (Anne Kiragu)

South Sudan — “In the book Soldiers on the Home Front, I was greatly struck by the fact that in childbirth alone, women commonly suffer more pain, illness and misery than any war hero ever does. And what's her reward for enduring all that pain? She gets pushed aside when she's disfigured by birth, her children soon leave, hear beauty is gone. Women, who struggle and suffer pain to ensure the continuation of the human race, make much tougher and more courageous soldiers than all those big-mouthed freedom-fighting heroes put together.”

- Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, written in 1942 while her family was hiding from Nazi persecution in occupied Holland.