It was only a month ago that we reported a story of a 9-year-old girl who had given birth to a healthy 6-pound baby boy in Australia and today we report on a similar story. A little girl from Colombia who is just 10 years old also gave birth to a baby via Caesarean section due to the mother’s small size, the baby was only 5 pounds.
Reports states that the girl arrived at a hospital bleeding and in a great deal of pain. This was the first time the 10-year-old mother got any kind of medical treatment for her pregnancy. The girl was a part of the Wayuu tribe, a an Amerindian ethnic group of the La Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela. The tribe kept quiet about the pregnancy of the young girl so the identity of the boy or man which got her pregnant is unknown by authorities.
Because the tribe follows its own laws, law enforcement and elected officials in Colombia are trying to figure out a way to handle the situation, while also showing respect to the tribe’s sovereignty.
“We’ve already seen similar cases of Wayuu girls,” said Efrain Pacheco Casadiego, director of the hospital that treated the young mother and her newborn baby. “At a time when [the girls] should be playing with dolls, they go to having to take care of a baby. It’s shocking.”
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time an extremely under-aged child has birthed a baby and made worldwide headlines.
Just last year, a 10-year-old girl gave birth to a baby in Mexico, and in 2010, an 11-year-old girl in the same country gave birth.
In some tribes and societies around the world young girl are placed with older men to get married as young as 10-years-old and to them it is acceptable but to me its just plain sick and perverted.