Teenage pregnancy, early marriage crush Miria’s dreams
It all happened at the age of 12
In Namutumba, Miria’s district of Eastern Uganda, 8 out of 10 girls are married off before their 18th birthday. The Probation Officer confirms that an average of 5 child marriage related cases are received every month, while many go unreported. Miria’s case is one of the few cases reported.
We were so needy, my father forced me into marriage with the father of my child,” she asserts. “My dream of becoming a mathematics teacher were crushed! I lost many opportunities.
To all the girls out there, focus on your education, it will give you a bright future.” “I plan to educate my son. I want him to become a doctor and with an education, he will have a better life.