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les problemes des filles meres dans notres societe

les filles meres sont des filles qui tombent enceinte sous leur toit decu par leurs amants elles se retrouvent meres prematurement incapable de supporter meme leurs enfants elles sont rejettees par leurs familles elles se sentent inutile dans la societe par exemple dans mon quartier nous avons le probleme de manque de l'eau potable si dans la famille il ya une fille mere c'est elle qui va se levee la nuit meme vers 3h du matin pour allee chercher de l eau elle ne peut pas refusee sinon elle sera jettee dehors avec son enfant vous imaginez seule dans l'obscurite avec des bidons errant par ici par la cherchant de l' eau vous voyez comment la malheureuse est exposee la viole voir meme la mort si une fois elle croise des voleurs a mains armees vous voyez vous meme le sort.voila pourquoi je souhaite les encandrees dans les diverses metiers.qu'elles se prennent en charge,dependre d'elles meme et surtout qu'elles se sentent impliquer dans la societe.

English translation by PulseWire member aheraud

*Note: the term "fille-mère" in French is the equivalent of "teen mother" or "child mother" in English.

Teen mothers are girls who get pregnant while still living at home, often deceived or let down by their partners. By becoming mothers early, they are not able to support their children, are turned out of their homes, and are often seen as useless in society. For example, in my neighborhood we have a lack of potable water. If a family has a teen mother living with them, it is her job to get up, often in the middle of the night, and to get the water. She has no choice but to do it, because refusing would cause her and her child to be thrown out of the home. Imagine yourself alone in the dark wandering around the villages looking for water. You can easily see how exposed these girls are to rape and murder if they happen to cross the paths of thieves and/or other armed people. This is why I hope to help them in various jobs. So that they may take charge of their lives and especially for them to feel involved in the world around them.

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aheraud's picture

Merci

Salumu,
Merci d'avoir partagé cela avec nous. C'est avec grand intérêt que nous vous lisons toutes. Si tu as le temps, partage d'autres histoires avec nous. Soit de ton propre vécu, soit des femmes dans ton entourage.
Bonne continuation!
En solidarité,
Abby

aheraud's picture

Translation

*NB: the term "fille-mère" in French is the equivalent of "teen mother" or "child mother" in English.

Teen mothers are girls who get pregnant while still living at home, often deceived or let down by their partners. By becoming mothers early, they are not able to support their children, are turned out of their homes, and are often seen as useless in society. For example, in my neighborhood we have a lack of potable water. If a family has a teen mother living with them, it is her job to get up, often in the middle of the night, and to get the water. She has no choice but to do it, because refusing would cause her and her child to be thrown out of the home. Imagine yourself alone in the dark wandering around the villages looking for water. You can easily see how exposed these girls are to rape and murder if they happen to cross the paths of thieves and/or other armed people. This is why I hope to help them in various jobs. So that they may take charge of their lives and especially for them to feel involved in the world around them.

aheraud's picture

Resources

Salumu,

Qu'est-ce qui existe au Congo pour ces jeunes femmes en tant qu'éducation et prévention dans leurs relations sexuelles? Est-ce qu'il y a la possibilité qu'elles puissent avoir un moyen de contraception (préservatifs ou autre chose?). Qu'est-ce que tu fais pour les aider? Cela m'intéresse beaucoup. J'attends de tes nouvelles!
Amicalement,
Abby

jap21's picture

Bonjour Salumu

I do not speak French, but I hope you can translate this comment. First of all, thank you for giving a voice to the young mothers who have to go through so much to raise their babies.

I do not see an easy solution coming anytime soon, but what I can assure you is that your voice, when you raise it, has the power to create communities that will foster change because first they will change the way the young mothers receive messages. Keep writing about this issue. Keep raising your voice, and train others to write about this too.

Thank you.

A big hug from Bolivia, in South America

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Neema's picture

salutation et courage

Dada ni aje bukavu?
Niko bien nilikutana nabantu mingi bakutoka Kinshasa balikuwa ku UN,na miye leo joo nilishinda nafanyiya kazi.
Aje kunyumba?
Mujikaze muandike juu joo tutapata watu wenye anaweza saidiya kwa kazi zetu,juu watu wengi hawajuwe habari za Congo.
Asante sana kwa kutujulisha habari ya wa Filles Mere.
Neema.

Gbemi Abeow's picture

C'est Possible!

Dear Salumu,
You are very brave. Helping girls to get jobs, which will make them independent is definitely a good cause. The task may be a daunting one, but it is possible. It is possible if you make their voices heard by telling the world their stories. And as Jacqueline said: "train others to write about this too".

Your Truly,

Gbemisola Abiola

Marija011's picture

You are not alone

Dear Salumu,

Thank you so much for doing this important work!

As difficult as it may sometimes seems, you should know that you are not alone.
Many women all around the world are facing the similar issues, and they are lucky to have someone like you to assist them.
I also feel that you are doing the right thing by wanting to engage them with the world. Please remember that you as well are the part of the larger community of the advocates and counselors, and feel free to reach out to us.

Stay strong and good luck with all your work,

Marija

Thank you for your observations. You are so exactly right that a girl forced to undertake errands at night is at great risk. Thank you for your efforts to address the problem and to help these young mothers. What exactly have you been doing to assist them? I'd love to hear more about your efforts and about what you are finding to be effective interventions. Speaking up as you are doing is a critical first step toward lasting solutions. Thank you for lifting your voice on behalf of these girls. They need your voice!

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