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In 2002, ABC's Nightline told a story about a mother's amazing daily sacrifices that Oprah has never forgotten. "Whenever I get—or even kind of think—I'm tired, I think about this story," Oprah says.

Congolese mother M'Sevumba, was widowed twice and left with 10 children to raise—ranging from 2 to 17 years old. In Congo, the deceased husband's brother is supposed to help the family after his death, but M'Sevumba was left on her own. To support her children, M'Sevumba works as a porter, hired to carry items such as mattresses up and down hills and long distances. In order to carry the weighty loads, M'Sevumba relies on balance, strength and endurance. For all her effort, a morning's work earns her just 25 cents.

With the help of International Rescue Committee, producers from The Oprah Winfrey Show recently found M'Sevumba. She continues working as a porter and has put four of her 10 children through primary school!
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FROM: Moms Around the World
Published on October 23, 2006

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