Teenage pregnancies rise in parts of Kenya as lockdown shuts schools

NAIROBI — Jackline Bosibori wept when she found out she was pregnant. The 17-year-old’s mother, who is raising six kids alone, collapsed in their one-room home. They had been repeatedly threatened with eviction and couldn’t afford another mouth to feed.

“If I was in school, this could have not happened,” said Bosibori, who wants to become a lawyer.

With school closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and her mother out selling vegetables on the roadside, Bosibori got involved with a man in his twenties. When she told him she was pregnant, he stopped answering her calls.

During her pregnancy, Bosibori helped with chores like washing laundry in puddles in Kibera shantytown – a…

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