Umama Onesibindi – Mother of Courage is a photographic tribute to all the children and women across Africa who have chosen life and stood firm in the face of adversity. Compiled over ten years, traveling the continent on assignments with UNICEF and Mothers2Mothers, hearing and sharing the stories of women and children who have stood to face the giant of HIV.
In every home, and over every shared moment, one thing was the same regardless of road name, country, or place: courage. Every woman was courageous despite her circumstances. Whether she had made life-saving choices for her unborn child, or simply overcome disease and stigma.
Women have stood up in spite of their suffering, filled with grief, but not undone. They have recovered, rebuilt, and remained warm, tender, and able to support themselves, their children, and one another under unimaginable circumstances.
“Women who have stood on the front lines of battlefields
Yielded their present for the future of others,
Mothers of inspiration, civil rights movements,
Preachers, prophetesses, goddesses, and nothing less than bravery..”
– Excerpt from Woman by Koleka Putuma