Death Island for unmarried mothers in Africa

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.


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