In central Senegal, a young woman gave birth to a baby – her firstborn child. It should have been a moment of great celebration. Yet when she looked down at her newborn, Adama, joy was instantly replaced by fear. Adama was born with a cleft lip, and her mother had no idea what this would mean for her future.
Believing she had done something wrong, she decided to leave Adama with grandparents so they could protect the baby.