Entry Title: " Maternal Mortality in Afghan"
Name:
JEAN CHUNG
, Korea, Republic of


Entry Description:

In Afghanistan, an astonishing number of 25,000 women die from obstetric causes per year, or 1 woman dies every 27 minutes. Afghanistan has the second highest maternal mortality rate in the world only after Sierra Leone. A UN report released in 2000 indicates that the national Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in Afghanistan was 1,900 per 100,000 live births, whereas it was 17 in the United States. Ragh district in Badakshan province in Afghanistan has the highest MMR recorded in human history 6,500. My photo reportage on Afghans maternal mortality tells a story of a young woman, Qamar, who already had tuberculosis, later died of port-partum complications two weeks after the delivery in Badakshan province. Her death could have been prevented if proper family planning and prenatal healthcare were provided. None of the family members knew she had suffered serious tuberculosis. My story follows her from the hospital when she was recovering from her delivery to the funeral in her village. Through the journey of following this woman, I documented the process of how a woman could lose her life from such unbelievable causes. Reduction of maternal mortality is a human rights issue for women and children. My report through one womans story exemplifies that lower socioeconomic status and lack of education among women could have considerable affects on maternal death in Afghanistan.

About the Artist:

Photojournalist. Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1970. Graduated from Seoul National University in 1993; continued her studies in photography in NYU and photojournalism in University of Missouri School of Journalism in the U.S. Worked as a reporter for the Korea Times in New York, and later interned at major U.S. newspapers such as Newsday and LA Times. She is a Grand Prix winner of prestigious CARE Humanitaire Reportage in 2007 and Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award in Perpignan, France, first prize winner of Days Japan Photojournalism Awards and WHOâs Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Award in 2008, and the second prize winner of Days Japan Photojournalism Awards in 2010. She is also an author of her autobiographical essay, âA Photographer in Kabul,â the reportage on DR Congoâs sexual violence, âTears in the Congo,â and ââStruggle for Hope.â Currently based in Seoul working as an independent photojournalist.