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Close to 4,000 school girls impregnated in Kenya during Covid-19 lockdown

Close to 4,000 school girls impregnated in Kenya during Covid-19 lockdown

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<p>Kenya has reported a sudden surge in teen pregnancies in one single county over a period of five months thus threatening to cut short the pursuit for education among school-going girls.</p> <p>Machakos county, located in the north eastern province in Kenya is leading several other counties in terms of teenage pregnancies in Kenya according to Kenya Health Information System survey</p> <p>The data shows that a total of 3,964 girls aged 19 years and below were reported pregnant within that period.</p> <p>Machakos County Children Officer Salome Muthama said the reported pregnancy cases among school girls are a much less than the actual numbers.</p> <p>“During this coronavirus pandemic we do have 4000 impregnated girls. These are so many innocent girls,” she said. </p> <p>She further reiterated that most of the cases were as a result of defilement by close family members</p> <p>She adds that about 200 of these girls are aged 14 years and below.</p> <p>“How can a 12 year old girl become a mother?” she posed.</p> <p>“All the people who have impregnated these children needs be arraigned but it is becoming a challenge. We need special court sittings to address and deal with these cases,” Salome appealed.</p> <p>She further blamed both the parents and the ineffective justice system for the prevailing crisis.</p> <p>“Most of these cases you will find involve children who were taken from urban centres in the wake of Covid-19 and left in the hands of their grandmothers in the countryside as the parents returned to the towns,” Ms Muthama told reporters in Machakos Town.</p>
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