CNN sent cameras to moms across the world, and their photos of motherhood are getting us weepy

In the age of social media, it seems like we’re constantly exposed to people from all corners of the world. But in reality, it’s not a fully representative picture. Especially when it comes to motherhood.

So, in honor of Mother’s Day, CNN published a photo series that shows moms from around the world. And what came back is one of the most honest portrayals of momhood we’ve ever seen.

Six months ago, CNN sent 20 disposable cameras to mothers around the world.

Why? To get an unfiltered look at motherhood in other countries.

"We wanted to include the stories of women who might not have smartphones or access to social media, and to see the world through their eyes," CNN writes.

The idea is actually genius: The project presents a portrait of mothers from around the world, including  Iraq, Hong Kong, the West Bank, and Brazil. The moms are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Some are single moms and some have partners. Some of the moms have one kid, and others have two, three, or four. One mom has eight children! Some have careers, while others are stay-at-home moms. And no, there are no Instagram filters in sight.

We’re all used to hyper-curated images on social media. And rarely do we have the chance to witness candid, truthful representations of average people living their everyday lives. Warning: Some of them may tug at your heartstrings.

Below, a selection of moms — and their stories — from around the world.

Did you find this photo series as enlightening as we did?

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