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Teen pregnancy — why young SA mothers are forced to contend with trauma and hardship

Teen pregnancy — why young SA mothers are forced to contend with trauma and hardship
Young mothers discuss the challenges and pitfalls of teen pregnancy. (Photo: Supplied by Street Talk)

Watching a child turn into a mother, without support, without comprehensive health care, and without a clear future is a reality many South Africans face. 

When you’re a teenager, you need to have fun, grow, and learn — not worry about where you and your unborn child are going to live or how you will be able to deliver. Listen to these stories. Learn from these stories. These are the real stories of teen pregnancy.

This film was produced by Street Talk.

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