This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Women in wraps and headties as bright as the early morning sun emerge from “miomba” woodlands along narrow, well-worn paths into a clearing. Babies are securely nestled in slings against their backs. Many have walked for hours, some for days, to get to this place.
From a distance, it’s an exquisite sight.
A closer look reveals that many of the children so lovingly cradled are sick and dying. They are starving. The young mothers have brought their children to a mobile clinic in a remote African village in search of a miracle.