14 year-old dies after giving birth

Burial blocked as police is called in to intervene

A 14-year-old girl died after giving birth due to complications on January 2.

Delight Masomeke from the Johanne Marange Church died on Tuesday in Buhera sparking tensions among the relatives.

Some relatives blocked Delight’s burial to pave way for negotiations with relatives of the man responsible.

Delight’s uncle, Norris Jones, said no arrest has been made.

“Delight is yet not buried, we sought police intervention yesterday to block burial proceedings,” he said

“The information surrounding my niece’s death is still complicated, but it is said she gave birth to a baby girl on the 29th of December 2022 in a home delivery.

“She had been unwell since then until she succumbed to the complications on Monday the 2nd of January.

“We made a police report, but unfortunately no arrests have been made yet.”

Jones said the man who impregnated her was in his mid-20s.

“The last time I checked, she was doing Grade 7. As to how and when she was married off, I’ve no idea. I was shocked to learn of her demise after giving birth,” he said.

“I also learnt that she was a second wife to the man.”

Jones said they were devastated by the death of the minor.

“We are shocked and still in mourning, but at the same time, we have the responsibility to ensure that such unfortunate incidents do not happen again,” he said.

“We will engage the husband, but after the outcome of the post-mortem.

“At the moment we are giving the bereaved space to grieve and giving the police time to do their investigations.”

Girl child rights activists have raised concern over a surge in under-age girls that die while giving birth.

Last year, another girl, Anna Machaya (14), died while giving birth at a Johane Marange shrine in Manicaland province, which sparked public outrage.

Fifteen-year-old Ferby Munyafi of Chiadzwa Village in Marange died from excessive bleeding while delivering under the watch of a faith healer.

Another 15-year-old Nokutenda Hwaramba also died last year while giving birth at an apostolic sect shrine in Bikita, Masvingo province.

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