In Beirut after the explosion, the impossible serenity for pregnant women

Beirut (AFP) - Upon learning that she was pregnant, Rana Mineimni had started shopping for clothes for the baby, but since the devastating explosion at the port of Beirut, enthusiasm has been replaced by angst.

"I always expect a new explosion.When I hear a car or any noise, I'm very afraid," says the 25-year-old woman, who is due to give birth in October.

Two months after the cataclysm of August 4, the trauma of expectant mothers remains alive in a battered Lebanese capital.And the challenge is to ensure appropriate services for the 4,600 pregnant women identified by the UN among the hundreds of thousands of inhabitants lost their home.

"Before the explosion, I was preparing the birth of my first child with enthusiasm.Since then, I have stopped everything," admits Ms.Mineimni in a medical center in Bachoura, in central Beirut.

She no longer buys, being satisfied with second-hand clothes donated by relatives.In a Lebanon in the midst of economic collapse, undermined by unemployment and record inflation, she is haunted by the need to "save".

"I tell myself that maybe we will need to leave.Or the little one will need something urgently and we will not be able to buy it," she explains.

On the day of the explosion, she managed to help an injured relative in her in-laws before collapsing to the ground herself, "in shock".

Like others, she no longer has the means to monitor her pregnancy in a private clinic.

She therefore turned to a dispensary supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), whose services are all the more crucial since three hospitals and several clinics in Beirut were blown away by the explosion.

Posted Date: 2020-10-03

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