Kenneth Jura | Kenya
Irene (not her real name) a 19 year old girl who has been through what girls her age have not. Girls her age are busy in campuses and colleges chasing that better future through books and acquisition of knowledge.
Irene is heavy.
This is a challenge to any parent that their young girl is pregnant whereas the boy/man responsible is not on sight. The shame that befalls the family is never one of the best as many parents feel they have failed in bringing up a morally upright girl.
If you were a dad I do not know what you would do in such a case.
Irene was thrown out of her home by her dad who felt she was a disgrace to the family, the would-be father was not anywhere and the last thing he said to Irene “the baby is not mine”. The girl was in a limbo as to whether to procure an abortion or commit suicide as the society looked down upon her.
She went to her aunt’s lieu where she eventually delivered a 2.5kg baby. Everyone was happy on her new “achievement” that even her father came to “welcome” his grandchild. The father was so remorseful and welcomed her daughter back to his roof.
This incident made me to rethink of the unwritten rules that the society places on us. When Irene became pregnant neither the dad nor her closest family members wanted to associate with her as they would be seen to be encouraging sex before marriage/unprotected sex. Talking of sex before marriage…I do not need to explain further on this.
The hands of clock change once there is new born as those who were cut ties with her are now flocking back to spoil them (baby and the mother) with gifts.
I better be rebuked by the society of the decisions I take on my daughter/son than allow the same society to ridicule her/him.