Throughout our appeal, we'll be taking time to hear directly from some of the girls we spoke to during our national consultation in Sierra Leone. This fortnight, we're focussing on TEEN PREGNANCY. Hear from Rebecca, Adama, Marie and Mariatu on how falling pregnant has prevented them from staying in school.
REBECCA, 18 years-old
...then Ebola came. It took my mother. I lost my sister. I lost my Uncle.
Even now that Ebola has gone, my father is up in the countryside and he’s very sick. I went to go and visit him and when I saw him I was so discouraged. He was so ill. If someone called me to say my father had died I wouldn’t be surprised because he was so sick.
So I was already feeling like I had little hope. And then I fell pregnant. And the guy who got me pregnant denied it was him. He’s gone now and I’m left on my own to look after my son by doing small jobs here and there. People might give me Le3000 [40p] and then I can buy some food...
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