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Out of the Shadows: Abandoned teens mothers

Carol Allen Storey | Rwanda

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A tragic epidemic of teens pregnancies is permeating the population in Rwanda. Over 17,000 were pregnant in 2016. All unmarried, living in poverty. Vulnerable girls as young as 13 find themselves in this unwarranted circumstance. Many as a result of rape and others through ignorance of engaging in sexual activities without protection nor any knowledge of the responsibility of motherhood. The fathers run away leaving these girls to cope with their pregnancy. They bring shame to the family, are isolated and abandoned. They are left with the awesome responsibility of becoming a mother when they are still children.

A tragic epidemic of teens pregnancies is permeating the population in Rwanda. Over 17,000 were pregnant in 2016. All unmarried, living in poverty. Vulnerable girls as young as 13 find themselves in this unwarranted circumstance. Many as a result of rape and others through ignorance of engaging in sexual activities without protection nor any knowledge of the responsibility of motherhood. The fathers run away leaving these girls to cope with their pregnancy. They bring shame to the family, are isolated and abandoned. They are left with the awesome responsibility of becoming a mother when they are still children.

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