Nyaruguru: Indigenous girls rejected by lovers after pregnancy

Teenage girls from indigenous families in Kibeho Sector claim support from men who pregnant them and disappear. These men are from other communities, but none of them keep responsibility of the new born.

It is a common matter in this area, where one Historical Marginalized (indigenous) girl can give birth to 3 children from another community. Responsible of pregnancy reject mothers, terrorize them against any denounce, thus born children lack fatherhood rights.

Uwintobo village is a village where many HMP (Twa) live. There are many children, with symptoms of malnutrition. However, mothers say they’ve born from men of other communities (Hutus and Tutsis). Fathers of these children remain anonymous and unknown.

Talking to, mothers say they’ve terrified by fathers, that they will have troubles i they denounce them. Consequently, they struggle to bear children alone, sharing with them what they hardly get. These cases might not be particular to Kibeho residents, they could be found elsewhere; and constitute violence.

“I’ve never been pregnant by a Twa boy, but none of my lovers support me to grow these kids. They terrorized me, I cannot denounce them, I have to keep the secret”, says Seraphine Nyiramatora, mother of 3 kids.

According to Consolate Musabimana of the same community, children of this kind are so many in Uwintobo village, but fathers don’t supports mothers to grow and educate kids. “They don’t know their fathers, they live of one parent efforts,whose means are also limited”, she says.

Men of this community declare that young girls don’t love their fellows (Twa), in favor of “Rwandans”, unless they have 2 or kids with those “other Rwandans”. They manipulate them, under wrong promises of marrying them.

Hon Zephrin Kalimba, is a former leader of COPORWA, a local organization for rights of HMP. Promises to advocate for these children to be supported by fathers. He says this is a matter of poor understanding, and lack of awareness about their rights.

On behalf of COPORWA, Yvonne Musabyimana, the national coordinator says the problem is also challenging, as some of those mothers are under 18. In collaboration with local authorities, COPORWA will sensitize children on their rights and prevent such habits, in what is called IHANIRO Campaign week.

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