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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 16:22


Alcohol misuses the youth (teenage mothers)

As we head to the weekends most of the youth look

forward to a time of real fun and party. Through spending

some time at the local clubs, taverns and home



the past few weeks it’s saddening to see how vulnerable

our youth turns out to be. But we know that we are living in

a town stricken with unemployment and poverty.

Now that

raises the question as to where these youth get the money

that they spend so recklessly on alcohol during weekends.

They are not concerned about any safety or health issues

as there is always a fight amongst them. Through the

survey that I conducted, the teenage mothers are the most

on these kinds of premises. At times you meet pregnant

young girls or those who carry their babies to these places

with them. Yes I know that the question arises as to when

are these infants (babies) eating, washed or bathed and

how often are their diapers being changed? Seeing how

these girls waste and get misused by the alcohol or vice

versa "how they misuse the alcohol" and forgetting their

responsibilities towards their babies is depressing. No

wonder most of the kids born in the past 3yrs are affected

by malnutrition and other health issues due to neglect.

During this festiveness they get exposed to various

dangers such as accidents, fights, HIV/AIDS and Std’s due

to having sex with multiple partners and TB coz of the

different odours inhaled at these places.

It is really touching to hear when parents, grandparents

talk so sadly and heartbroken about the negligence of their

children. Coz at the end these parents and grandparents

are left with the responsibility of these babies. The

teenage pregnancy rate is increasing enormously in town

and makes one wonders if our youth and young mothers

are being reprimanded by their parents, or do they get

teachings from schools on these kinds of issues? Or are

they simply ignorant to these principals they grew up with?

It’s time that we, as the youth, teenage mothers and

fathers take responsibility and be accountable for our

actions. As change starts with oneself so we must be the

change that we want to see for our children, brothers and

sisters. Let’s make the right choices in life as our children

and youngsters will need someone to look up to and have

a bright future, let’s carve the way for them, starting today.



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