GUYANA – Eleven- and 12-year-old mothers rescued
GEORGETOWN –– The Childcare & Protection Agency (CPA) has launched investigations into cases whereby two pregnant girls (11 and 12 years old) were rescued by the Guyana Women Miners’ Association (GWMA).
The girls, who are said to be from Region One, were rescued by members of the GWMA some two weeks ago.
According to information reaching Kaieteur News, the teens were taken to the Port Kaituma Hospital following their removal from communities in the Region. The girls were said to be anaemic when they were brought to the hospital for medical care and examination. A source confirmed the teens (cousins) have since met with social workers in the region.
Kaieteur News understands that the two girls were both impregnated by adults from their villages. According to the information, one of the men is related to both victims. The source said that since the cases were being treated as rape, the police were also playing a part in the investigation.
In the case of the 12-year-old, Kaieteur News understands that her father is responsible for her pregnancy.The girl’s father is also allegedly responsible for raping her mother, who died as a result of the incident.
The woman reportedly bled to death last October after her husband had forcible sexual intercourse with her even as she was in the process of recovering from a C-section delivery.
The suspect was never arrested.
The 12-year-old and her siblings were left under the supervision of her maternal grandmother after the incident, but she is now five months pregnant.
The pregnant girls were brought to the city, where they have been under the care and supervision of officials of the Ministry of Social Protection (CPA), and the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. The 11-year-old gave birth to a baby girl naturally about a week ago.
The child told Kaieteur News that the father of her baby was a 24-year-old miner who works on a dredge in the Big Creek, Region One.
Questioned about her parents and academic background, the girl told Kaieteur News that she never attended school but when she became pregnant her mother told her the man would have to buy things for the baby.
She said however that she had not seen the father of the baby for “a while”. The young mother is uncertain of her next move or what the future holds for her and her baby.
Kaieteur News has learnt, however, that in instances like these, young mothers are exposed to counselling and other reformative measures. The babies are sometimes left in the care of the state, placed for adoption, or in some cases placed in the care of relatives, who assume responsibility and are capable of providing a safe haven for them.