maminata’s story

Sikasso,  Mali

« Maminata, 13, is waiting for a nurse at the health center in Fama village. »

Maminata is seven months pregnant. This is her penultimate appointment before returning to the health center to give birth.

“One day my grandmother found out that I was no longer on my period, and told me I was pregnant. I was surprised. When I had sex I didn’t know I could get pregnant, someone else told me about it. I have never been to school.

I accept the pregnancy but if I had to do it again I wouldn’t do it now. We only had sex once and I got pregnant. We knew each other from before but we didn’t have an intimate relationship.

The father proposed to me and I accepted, that will allow me to be supported. I am happy to get married, it was not forced. I didn’t want to be pregnant, but I’m going to love my baby. “


Vincent Trémeau



The French Muskoka Fund improves access for adolescents to information and support services for their sexual and reproductive health problems, through the establishment of a common strategy with the countries.

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