Twin Sisters brought social media to a standstill yesterday, July 8, after a user posted a story about them being impregnated by the same man.
Read The Story Of The Twin Sisters
Meet this family of three. In the Buea suburbs, a struggling father provides for his twin pregnant daughters.
Theirs is not a lovely story, but rather an example of life as it is, especially in crisis-ridden English Cameroon.
This family lived in Tole, where both twin sisters (16 years old) were impregnated by the same boy their age in their neighbourhood right before the armed conflict caused them to flee to Muea, where they remained with their father’s friend who breaks stones for gravel.
They had to leave yet again, this time due to sexual harassment by a friend of their father’s.
They moved to a community deep beyond Sandpit (Likoko) while still pregnant, where they live in a deteriorating plank house with no doors or windows.
Twin Sisters Shelter
They sleep on the floor on a single mattress with no carpet, blankets, or extra bed sheets.
Their home is surrounded by a thicket, which serves as a mosquito breeding ground as well as a habitat for other harmful animals and insects.
The twin sisters toilet, which is accessible via a bush path, has no roof and only a single hole in the cement that serves as a floor. The slimy, shaky cement has been covered by algae, as well as the branches and leaves of the surrounding trees.
Two mud-stained bedsheets hang at the entrance to the three-block-walled toilet with numerous holes for privacy. This family pays 5,000 FCFA per month in rent to stay in that house, and they don’t even eat on a regular basis because their father can’t find odd jobs on a daily basis.
Local men in the area take advantage of the twin sisters, leading them to bed, which they accept in order to feed themselves.
Wonder How We Met Them?
We met this twin sisters who are pregnant when they came to the Solidarity Hospital Buea.
We got their address and hired a car to their community to witness their living conditions and provide some basic materials.
We took these photos and videos with their permission in order to share their story with the rest of the world.
The twin sisters story exemplifies the realities of poverty, conflict, and IDP life.
It demonstrates the vulnerability of poor girls as well as the negative consequences of a lack of education.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter; we now appeal to the community, health organizations, female empowerment organizations, the government, and people of good will to help this family.
The Solidarity Hospital is taking care of their antenatal follow up but there is always a place for every helping hand in their lives.