Contraceptives and com­mon sense

Teenage girls are at risk while lead­ers drone on about moral­ity

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care of her fam­ily, she was at­tempt­ing to main­tain her mother’s busi­ness — sell­ing Katogo (a mix­ture of ba­nanas and beef, or ground­nuts paste cooked to­gether and com­monly con­sumed for break­fast) in her neigh­bour­hood.

But with so much work and the lack of an adult’s at­ten­tion, the busi­ness soon col­lapsed, leav­ing the fam­ily, with no source of liveli­hood. Ms Nak­abugo speaks of one par­tic­u­larly hard day, when she had been con­tem­plat­ing the amount of boiled wa­ter she would need to force feed her wail­ing sib­lings be­fore they could sleep.

But at around 8pm, one of her brother’s friends who had been work­ing at a nearby Shell fuel sta­tion ar­rived and gave her money to buy sugar, maize flour and other ne­ces­si­ties for the fam­ily with a proper meal.

This boy con­tin­ued to sup­port Ms Nak­abugo, with­out ask­ing for any­thing, un­til she was 16 when he asked for sex. “My mother had warned me against early sex, so I was un­com­fort­able with

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