I saw this propped up by the stairs, alongside the masks and other wooden carvings.
Right away I knew that this embodied the life of a woman … a mother … a wife … a daughter …
Not just here in Goma, DRC or in Africa, but globally. In most cultures, it is the woman’s job to take care of the household … carry and care for the children … find a way to feed the household … sustain and nourish all others. The man? Well, the man is the one who works outside of the house, doing whatever he’s doing, sitting at a desk in his suit and tie, allowed to meet and greet strangers.
So this is Woman … Mother … Wife … carrying her child with her, even as she walks to the market with a basketfull of goods to sell … even as it seems that she is pregnant with another child … and carrying a waterbottle to sustain and nourish her along the way … Woman.