Children: cultural “richesse” or lack of education?
Without access to contraception, many Congolese families end up having too many children that they ultimately can’t afford to feed and educate.
Children are viewed as a “richesse” in Congo. When parents have many children, they appear wealthier and healthier to others.
(Stationed in North Kivu, Congo, since last Spring, Amy Ernst works with rape victims and other victims of war through COPERMA, a small non-profit, while living with the Crosiers, an order of monks and priests. More of Amy’s stories and photography can be found on her blog (http://thekingeffect.blogspot.com/)