14-year-old S1 student delivers, hides baby in bush for 3 days

A 14-year-old senior one student of Hima Progressive High School in Hima town, Kasese, has shocked residents of Kinyabwamba-Kahembe village, Kitswamba sub-county, after she managed to give birth to her baby and hide it in the bush for three days.

Newborn baby

The teenager, name withheld, reportedly gave birth to a baby girl last Thursday and hid her in the shrubs next to her home after successfully hiding her pregnancy from both the school authorities and her parents.

The minor revealed that she has been feeding the baby with water mixed with sugar before heading for classes in the morning and then returning at break time to breastfeed it.

The baby was discovered by none other than the minor's own grandfather when he heard the newborn crying from the bush and alerted local leaders and other residents. He didn't know the baby was his own blood and bone.

The minor's mother, Ellen Biira said that she did not notice her daughter's pregnancy.

The acting headteacher for Hima Progressive High School explained that they are ready to offer support to the teenager to continue with her studies.

"I want to give that little girl hope. She's highly welcome again to Hima Progressive High School, and I also give her some message of hope that mothering doesn't necessarily mean the end of your route to success. She can still make it despite being a mother," said Keren.

News reports of different kinds have shown that the covid-19 lockdown led to a skyrocketing pandemic of teenage pregnancy because the teenagers that were always ordinarily engrossed in school activities were suddenly left with nothing to do for two years. The minor in question is one of tens of thousands of Ugandan teenage girls that became pregnant during the covid-19 pandemic.

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