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10 May 2020

Today I gave birth. There were no vehicles, so me and my mum were forced to walk 30 minutes to get to the clinic. We stopped every so often when my stomach hurt. There were local officials out to police the lockdown, but they didn’t stop us.

My baby really gave me a difficult time giving birth. My mother brought me to the lying-in clinic [a birthing centre for women with low risk pregnancies] last night and I have been in painful labour for so many hours.

It’s true what they say, though. All the pain was gone when I saw him. His name is Azecle Salayan. Like my mother to me, I’m going to be a great mother to him.