Contraceptives and common sense
Teenage girls are at risk while leaders drone on about morality
By DICTA ASIIMWE
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