The Zamboanga Peninsula can definitely boast of its beautiful islands the province has to offer to both tourists and locals. They have pinks sands, blue seas, and a vast array of woven crafts. But what they do not tell you is the dark, not-so hidden side of the city. It turns out that Zamboanga City has experienced a steady rise in numbers when it comes to child pregnancy.
This is quite alarming because these teenage mothers are getting younger and younger. Inquirer reported about the story of Precious, a 10-year-old who was forced to have intercourse with a relative. Her child is now under the care of an organization that works with foreigners who are willing to adopt children.
There is also the story of Maria, a mother who recently found out that her daughter was inappropriately fondled by her father-in-law every time she leaves her kid with him. She thought that her child was possessed by an evil spirit, but it turns out to be more horrifying than what she thought.
“I brought her to a friend who knew how to drive away spirits and there we discovered she was not possessed after all. She was pregnant.”
Zamboanga saw 126 kids becoming pregnant last 2017. The source also presented disturbing numbers that show the reality of young girls, ages 10-19 years old who are mostly victims of harassment.
“In 2017, 52 girls gave birth at ages 10-13; 552 at ages 14-16 and 2,645 at ages 17-19. There were 410 mothers with ages 10-14 in 2016, while 558 were aged between 15 and 16. Those who gave birth at ages 17-19 numbered 2,118.“
The peninsula witnesses five girls give birth each day and one of them hails from Zamboanga City.
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