Too Far to Walk

This is a story of the women of West Pokot and their struggle to stay alive and survive childbirth, a right all women should have.

Featuring: Lori Hawkins

Presented by

Saving Mothers

Curated by

Oliver Morris


This is a story of the women of West Pokot and their struggle to stay alive and survive childbirth, a right all women should have.

Saving Mothers presents a series of photographs from a community in Northern Kenya where women suffer disproportionately from poor access to health services, discrimination, and at times, victimization by harmful traditions. Many women in West Pokot are affected by Female Genital Cutting (FGC), early marriage and early motherhood. Each of these practices can result in a variety of harmful complications to both babies and mothers. Kenya is considered the most dangerous place in the world to be pregnant.

Lori Hawkins traveled with Dr. Tara Shirazian’s Saving Mothers team to document the plight of women in West Pokot and their struggle to survive childbirth. This exhibit provides a glimpse of the challenges women face around the world and the efforts of Saving Mothers to eradicate preventable maternal deaths and birth-related complications. We are Saving Mothers and this is their story.


Lori Hawkins is a New York-based photographer. After years of working at Kodak and other photography-oriented businesses, she turned to pursue her personal vision as a documentary photographer. She is drawn to issues at the intersection of human rights, post-conflict development and the empowerment of women in marginalized societies. Some of her recent work includes capturing Liberia’s ongoing transition to democracy following the civil war and the Ebola epidemic, and capturing the work of doctors in rural Kenya battling high rates of maternal deaths during childbirth. Her work aims to find the middle ground between news and documentary, where the viewer will be both informed and challenged into action.


Over 343,000 women in developing nations die during childbirth each year. This is the equivalent of three jumbo jets filled with women crashing every day. The vast majority of these deaths are due to a lack of access to basic sexual and reproductive care. Saving Mothers is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to eradicating preventable maternal deaths and birth-related complications. Founded in 2009 by medical professionals, Saving Mothers seeks to improve health outcomes for women in the most underserved global communities. Saving Mothers brings field-tested, high-impact solutions to bear in solving these challenges. Saving Mothers currently has operations in Kenya, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.

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