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In Kinshasa, Congolese women are forced to remain in a hospital because they are unable to pay the bill for operations or births.
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A hospital in Kinshasa. Ornella, who became a mum at 16, has been here for three months, yet she’s not sick. She can’t return home because she can’t afford to pay the bill.I had a caesarean, and I’m fine, but I’ve been detained here a long time. I want to go home, but I have no one to pay my bills.And she’s not the only one. Across the country, thousands of new mums are trapped in hospitals, unable to leave and unable to pay their bills. A caesarean costs between $200 and $250 – a ...

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