Marie Lydia Rafaranirina, between anxiety and blessing

Marie Lydia Rafaranirina, between anxiety and blessing

Collected by Marie Léonide and written by Fanja Saholiarisoa
Marie Lydia porte ses triplés dans les bras
UNICEF Madagascar/2020
20 October 2020

A story like no other. Marie Lydia Rafaranirina –  25 years old – delivered triplets five months ago, at the University Hospital of Mahajanga. A first maternity where she gave birth to Fitiavana Nancy Nomenjanahary, Finoana Nancia Nomenjanahary and Nelson Fitahianaivo. Not yet married, her partner was just able to bring her back to Ambositra on March 21, 2020 and nothing more about taking care of the little family.

For Marie Lydia Rafaranirina, having triplets remains both a blessing and a source of anxiety. Raising triplets with a financial situation, which is not at all prosperous, remains a difficult situation for this mother who, fortunately is supported by her family.

Marie Lydia was recently sick and was still recovering when we met her. Her children are coughing and her father, Marcel Rakotonindrina – grandfather of the triplets – just explains to her that it is due to the lunar crescent. Her little sister, Marie Eugenie Rasoarilety, barely 19, helps her raise the triplets. The sister washes the diapers, prepares the milk and gives food to the babies. Marie Lydia is not breastfeeding since she is sick and has no breast milk supply, thus complicating the situation. The triplets are fed on cow's milk – from Grandfather Marcel’s cows – which is diluted with hot water and rice.

Even though Marie Lydia lives in such precarious situations, she remains courageous and nonetheless believes in a better future. "I will be very happy if one of my daughters becomes a nun because I myself wanted to be one. To take care of my children, I persevere in my efforts related to my work as farmer and breeder like my parents. Meanwhile, I am also thinking of opening a small grocery store that could provide me with a little money on a daily basis", said Marie Lydia Rafaranirina, while being positive.
 

Marie Lydia et ses triplés
UNICEF Madagascar/2020