Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodríguez) |
Taiana Cezario Da Silva (16 years old) became a young mother at the age of 15. She is the third of seven siblings, and a daughter of a teenage mother, in Complexodo Alemão, a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro.
Taiana met her boyfriend in the favela. Shortly after starting their relationship she got pregnant, and after three months her boyfriend was sent to prison for drug trafficking. She had to leave school to take care of her daughter. She hopes she can go back to school some day, and study medicine. "Complexo de Alemão" is the largest set of favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This photo is part of the project "Teen mom" about teen pregnancy in Latin America. The series made in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the issue of teenage pregnancy in low socioeconomic contexts.
Girls who become pregnant before they are 18 rarely achieve an adequate standard of living. The patterns of poverty and limited access to education and health care are a common thread among teen pregnancies.
Brazil could have increased its productivity up to US $3,500 millions if adolescent girls in that country postponed pregnancy until their twenties. (Population Fund of the United Nations)
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