By Jeckonia Otieno
When Fedis was in Standard Six, she had everything laid out according to her dreams — finish primary school, go to secondary and then university to pursue a career of her choice.
But temptations were everywhere, she says. A friend in the same class encouraged her to get a boyfriend.
There was no harm, the girl implored Lewa. “You see I have a boyfriend and nothing has happened to me.”
Encouraged, Fedis, now 17, fell into the trap. Her friend ‘organised’ for Fedis to get a boyfriend.
Apparently the boy was in the same class. Soon after, it happened.
Narrates Fedis: “We had a sports competition here in school (in Kaloleni, Kilifi County) so we took the opportunity during the day to vanish and that was the first time we slept together.”
The second time when the two got intimate was at the boy’s home. However, Fedis got worried when she missed her period and she suspected she was pregnant. Without even going to check in a health facility, she just told the boy who offered to buy her drugs so that she could terminate the pregnancy.
“He brought some pills and told me to swallow them when I get home and I just told him I would but before I got home I threw them away,” says Fedis, who lives with her grandmother. She waited for her mother to visit to tell her about the pregnancy.
When the mother came, Fedis discussed the matter with her and the grandmother. The older women told her to carry the pregnancy to full term and assured her of their support.
They then informed the boy’s parents who denied were horrified by the ‘accusation’ saying their son was too young to impregnate any girl. Meanwhile, her uncles were pushing her to go and live with the boy.