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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Rural...
Bakumba, Cameroon
By PaoloPatruno
21 Nov 2014

Christine, now 17 years-old, got married when she was 15 and lost her first child just three days after he was born, most likely due to an umbilical cord infection. She is once again seven months pregnant and also takes care of her three year-old younger sister Mayron.

Rose, 16-years-old, is currently breastfeeding her first child of five months. The father of the baby never came to take responsibility, so Rose’s father is the only one who takes care of her and the baby. Rose’s mother has already passed away. Christine dropped out of school in her second year of highschool, and Rose dropped out at the end of sixth grade, both due to their families economic situation. Christine and Rose live in a very remote and rural area in the tropical highland in Cameroon and make their living farming cocoa. They represent thousands of teenage mothers in Cameroon.

Africa has the world’s highest rate of adolescent pregnancy, a factor that affects the health, education, and earning potential of millions of African girls. African teenage mothers face considerable threats to their health and wellbeing, primarily maternal morbidity and mortality. Girls who become pregnant have to leave school. This has long-term implications for them as individuals, their families and communities. The percentage of girls who gave birth before 16 is much higher amongst those who received no education. The lack of sex education and being unaware of the consequences of unprotected sex often lead to unwanted pregnancies. Many girls in rural villages drop out of school, have sexual relationships with young boys, and become pregnant before the age of 18. They start doing chores around the home and take on the responsibilities of adults. Girls become women too early, missing their childhood and adolescence.

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
21 Nov 2014

Rose dropped out of school at the end of Primay six, due to lack of financial availability from her family.

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
21 Nov 2014

Girls get pregnant and have first babies very early, before the age of 18. They become women when still too young, taking responsibilities as adults. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
21 Nov 2014

Girls, dropped out of school usually before the end of Secondary, start homeworks very early. They became women too early, totally missing their childhood. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
21 Nov 2014

Rose, 16 years old, is currently breastfeeding her first child of 5 months. The father of the baby never came to take his responsibilities, so Rose’s father is the only one who is taking care of her and the baby, as Rose’s mother already passed way. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
21 Nov 2014

Agnes is 15 years old. She is one among the thousands of teenage mothers in Cameroon. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
21 Nov 2014

Anita is 15 years old. She is one among the thousands of teenage mothers in Cameroon. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
21 Nov 2014

Foebe is 16 years old. She is one among the thousands of teenage mothers in Cameroon

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Girls: women too early
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
21 Nov 2014

Morin is 17 years old. She is one among the thousands of teenage mothers in Cameroon. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
20 Nov 2014

Christine, 7 months pregnant, is still doing heavy homeworks, go farming cocoa in the forest. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
19 Nov 2014

Christine, 17 years old, already got married and already lost her first child when she was 16. Now she is 7 months pregnant and she is also taking care of her young sister 3 years old Mayron. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
19 Nov 2014

Christine dropped out of school in Secondary two, due to lack of financial availability from her family. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
19 Nov 2014

Christine collecting water at a source close to the village. She will carry water using heavy tanks. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
19 Nov 2014

Christine with her little sister carrying heavy water tanks on their backs. Girls in Africa too often miss childhood. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
19 Nov 2014

Peter, Christine's husband, is 22 years old. They got married when they where respectively 19 and 15. They lost her first child just three days after he was born, most likely due to umbilical cord infection. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
19 Nov 2014

Christine is also taking care of her young sister 3 years old Mayron. Bakumba, Cameroon.

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
19 Nov 2014

Christine during anti-natal visit provided by Polette, the local nurse who lives in the village of Bakumba. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
19 Nov 2014

Many girls in the village drop out of school early, having sexual relationships with young boys, and getting pregnant before the age of 18. The elders of the village say that was not happening at their times, but more of the last decade, due to civilization and modern times. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

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Child Marriage and Pregnancy in Camer...
Bakumba
By PaoloPatruno
19 Nov 2014

Bakumba is a rural village in western Cameroon. At every corner you can find young girls with babies or already pregnant. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014