Teenage Pregnancy on the Increase in Western Liberia with 11-Year old given birth

From Nathaniel Johnson/GNN Correspondent In Gbarpolu County

A 14-Year Old Teenage Mother
{Flash Back} A 14-Year Old Teenage Mother

News reaching the GNN over the weekend from western Liberia, Gbarpolu County has disclosed that the number of teenage pregnancies in the County over the years has increased to a serious proportion, making health authorities in the County to wonder.

According to report, some of these pregnant girls have dropped out of school due to this are as young as 12, 13 and 14 years old, while their male partners are two to three years older than them, a situation that has created the concern of  County administration.

Our Gbarpolu County Correspondent who caught up with some of the parents whose girls children are victims of this situation, said they were taken aback of such ugly happenings in their County, noting that some of these girls are afforded the opportunities to go to school but at the end many of them are being persuaded by their male peer groups to getting into sex.

“I am out of words to hear that my eleven years old daughter is pregnant after taken her to a local clinic following her illness. I am single mother, since her father died of Ebola last year, I am at the moment confused,” Mary Q.  Jallah, a mother of one of the victims speaking to our Gbarpolu Country Correspondent in tears said.

Mary is among dozens of other mothers in the County who  are frustrated over such ugly situation of their underage girls children getting pregnant while in their early year of schooling. The parents are also calling on the Ministry of Health to deploy people in the County and in schools who will create awareness in the prevention of earlier pregnancy for teenage girls on how to avoid such.

For her part, Mabel Goll, 13-year old, who claimed she was misled by one of her classmates, said her male partner also of the same age and in the same class (1st Grade) made love to her each day in the rest room every time she went to school, stressing, “I did not know this was going to happen, and don’t know how I will give birth,” little Mabel speaking to our Correspondent said.

Meanwhile, some residents in the County who spoke to our Correspondent called on the central Government to do something about this situation in order to allow the future leaders of Liberia to pay attention to their learning by avoiding such action; the teenage pregnancy.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.