Yesterday was Mother’s Day and in the vein of celebrating mothers, here are some images from around the world that show us how important they are everywhere.

Bhutanese woman and child Near Bhumtang valley. This lady was with a group of women waiting out the rain near a monastery so their children would not get wet.

Woman with child on the Annapurna circuit, Nepal. This is a remote part of Nepal and any journey beyond the village is either a steep climb up or down.

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.  ~Jewish Proverb

Long neck woman in northern Thailand breastfeeding. The people in this village were originally from Burma but had fled across the border into Thailand.

Mother’s love is peace.  It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.  ~Erich Fromm

This lady was begging outside the monuments in Bagan. She had walked some kilometres out here with her son to wait for passing tourists. Burma.

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

A young boy helping his mother with a ram in Mongolia. In Mongolia kids are expected to help the family tend their animals and livelihood from a young age.

A mother with her disabled child in Mongolia. In Mongolia disabled children are deemed a curse or punishment to parents for misdeeds. Many are subsequently abandoned or locked away from society.

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  ~Washington Irving

A young mother breastfeeding her child in Jaisalmer, India. This woman was often begging from tourists outside the fort. She had at least three other children.

A woman with her son, Casabalanca, Morocco

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.  ~Honoré de Balzac

Balancing the family meal, a mother in Djenne, Mali

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.  ~Lisa Alther

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About Visited Planet

Jo is a freelance photojournalist from Brisbane, Australia. Her love of her profession and interest in people groups and developing countries, led her to create the website The site is a showcase for her work, the living conditions of people from around the world and other related issues.

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