When Amina went to a clinic for her first prenatal exam in May, she was already eight months pregnant.

“I felt unhealthy, but I didn’t go to the hospital because I was undocumented and couldn’t pay the fee,” says the Somali asylum seeker, who lives alone with her younger sister in Kuala Lumpur and lost her job early on in the pandemic.

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Emily Fishbein

Emily Fishbein is a freelance journalist focusing on issues related to conflict and displacement, human rights, and social justice in Myanmar and Malaysia.