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Lockdown’s long-term legacy: ‘If I was at school, I wouldn’t be pregnant’

Stats show adolescent pregnancies have almost tripled in some parts of Kenya ... and the nation isn’t alone

Ayenat Mersie

Jackline Bosibori wept when she found out she was pregnant. The 17-year-old’s mother, who is raising six children alone, collapsed in their one-room home. They had been repeatedly threatened with eviction and couldn’t afford another mouth to feed.

“If I was in school, this could have not happened,” said Bosibori, who wants to become a lawyer.

With school closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and her mother out selling vegetables on the roadside, Bosibori got involved with a man in his 20s. When she told him she was pregnant, he stopped answering her calls...

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