Parents from various sectors of Nyamasheke district have expressed deep worries over the growing rate of teenage pregnancies and called upon district local leaders to intervene and arrest the situation as it gets out of hand.
Parents attribute early pregnancies to seductions from young men, especially fishermen who seduce teenage girls with with material articles not provided by parents.
“We are worried for our children that are getting impregnated before joining secondary school. In most cases they are seduced by fishermen who buy little snacks and cosmetics among other items not provided by parents and or guardians,” said Mukanziza Immaculée, a parent.
Research carried out by Collectif des Ligues et Association de Défense des Droits de l’Homme au Rwanda (CLADHO) in 2015 ranked Nyamasheke as 4th district with the largest number of teenage pregnancies as explained by Evariste Murwanashyaka, the project manager in charge of gender-based violence (GBV) and teenage pregnancies at CLADHO.
“Our research outcomes indicate that Nyamasheke is, nationwide, the 4th among districts with largest number of early pregnancies among teenagers. Nyamasheke district has 88 early pregnancy cases among a recorded 818 cases, occupying 10.3 %. It is a large number considering the research was only carried out in four sectors,” he said.
CLADHO research placed Huye district in Southern Province as top early pregnancies district, followed by Kicukiro in Kigali city.
Police in Nyamasheke district reports to have registered four cases of early pregnancies in November 2016.