You can’t look through these photos without being moved by a mum's unfailing love for her children.
Whether they’re walking their children to school or rescuing their newborn from the rubble of an earthquake، these mothers would do anything to keep their children safe، healthy and happy.
Take a look at what it’s like to be a mother around the world.
“What I remember most is my baby’s scream. I never heard a baby scream so loud. It was frightening، even scarier than the explosion itself. Her little face was all covered with blood.”
After surviving a landmine explosion in 2012، Luz helps other Colombians avoid the explosive hazards that have killed or injured 11،000 people since 1990. “There are a lot of landmines here and no signs to point them out. I feel like I’m saving lives.”
Safa، State of Palestine
Safa loves Gaza but fears for the safety of her young daughter.
“I wish for my daughter to study medicine but above all، I wish for her to live a life in peace.”
Towards the end of my pregnancy، they told me my son had a problem in his head، a calcification،” remembers Alice*، a 15-year-old mother from Brazil “Then، when he was born I learned he had microcephaly.”
“Then they asked if I had Zika and I didn’t even know what that was.”
“Now I will take care of him، which is what is important. I need to be very responsible. Sometimes I don’t even sleep. I have stopped studying. I intended to get back، but with all his treatments… it would be very complicated، very intense.”
Maryamu was home sick when members of the Boko Haram rebel group attacked the church in her hometown. When she heard gunshots، she grabbed her daughter and ran.
Maryamu has not seen her husband since and fears the worst.
In a camp for internally displaced people in Yola، Maryamu and her daughter are receiving medical and school supplies and access to clean water from UNICEF. Maryamu wants to return home when it’s safe - even though she knows there is little left of her former life. “There is nothing in our house. They took it all. We had a motorcycle and many cows. It’s all gone.”
Bimila was outside her house when the earthquake struck. Her husband and four year-old daughter fled their house before it collapsed but her youngest child - 18 month-old Kris - got trapped under the rubble.
Bimala and her husband rushed into the rubble and dug out Kris with their hands. He was unconscious and covered in dust. “It was terrible. I can’t remember anything [but] the dust and his blue face.”
When Kris regained consciousness، Bimila began to breastfeed him. “I thought ‘Oh my God، we are all alive. If another earthquake happens، we will be OK، because we are safe now. The world can fall apart، but we are together’.