In Ngora, children are mothers too
On this particular Wednesday morning, Achom and other girls had come to Ngora hospital for a caesarean section birth. Achom’s boyfriend Agingiroi, 17, disappeared after impregnating her while she was a P.6 pupil last year at Orisai primary school in Kapiri sub- country, Ngora district.
Hers is a story of dropping out of school following a pregnancy, a phenomenon that still dogs many Ugandan girls. It is a story of a teenage orphan girl who stays in a toilet-size single room with her grandmother.
Achom’s parents died of HIV/Aids 10 years ago. Achom’s grandmother Edith Achom said they did not report Agingiroi to police for fear of starting up family wrangles in the village.
She feared the consequences that could accrue from hostile neighbours. The dark-skinned younger Achom speaks with remorse, each word revealing the pain in her body.
I find her lying helpless on her hospital bed, cuddling her new baby with the left arm.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Weekly Observer