Unmarried girls who got pregnant used to be seen as bringing shame to their families in parts of Uganda, so they were taken to a tiny island and left to die. The lucky ones were rescued, and one of them is still alive. Patience Atuhaire from BBC reported.
“When my family discovered that I was pregnant, they put me in a canoe and took me to Kampene [Punishment Island]. I stayed there without food or water for four nights,” says Mauda Kyitaragabirwe, who was aged just 12 at the time.
“I remember being very hungry and cold. I was almost dying.”
On the fifth day a fisherman came along to rescue the trapped young girl and said he would take her home with him.
“I was a bit sceptical. I asked him whether he was tricking me and wanted to throw me into the water.
“But he said: ‘No. I am taking you to be my wife.’ So he brought me here,” the victim girl said.