The first time Alice Sumo delivered a baby, it was at gun point in 1990 during a civil war. At the time, she was still training to be a midwife.
“This lady came screaming and then the fighter says, ‘if you go and deliver this woman and something happens to her, I will kill you both,” Alice told BBC Africa.
That delivery marked the beginning of Alice’s journey into bringing more children into the world. 28 years later, Alice has delivered many thousands of children and a thousand of them are named after her. While the girls are named Alice, the boys are called Ellis.
Alice Sumo is a respected nurse in Liberia, where she has been a midwife for nearly three decades. In her three-decade career, Alice has seen two civil wars and the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. She did not stop working even during the epidemic which claimed nearly 5,000 lives in her country in 2004 and 2005.
Alice’s sees her profession as a calling and has vowed to God that she will not stop working until death calls her.
Watch her speak below
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