enter image alt text
Don’t want to be sold

“My teacher made me pregnant when I was 16 years old. According to our traditions, I was disowned by my family and I had to move in with an aunt.”

Since Ornela was thrown out of her home she hasn’t had any contact with her family. “My siblings weren’t allowed to talk to me. I think we have to put a stop to these outdated customs that violate children’s rights. I don’t understand why it isn’t the boy or man who makes a girl pregnant that is disowned or punished by their family. Why is it only girls who suffer in this way?”

The teacher who made Ornela pregnant doesn’t help her with anything. “I can’t go to school anymore, and my aunt is trying to force me to marry an older man. If I refuse, she’ll kick me out. I have nothing, but I’m prepared to be thrown out, because I refuse to go along with this marriage.”

Stop child marriage!

Ornela wants the government of Burkina Faso to work to put a stop to forced marriage and rape. “My aunt tricked me into going to the home of that older man. When she disappeared, he attacked me. I screamed. So he stuffed a handkerchief in my mouth and tied my hands with a rope. When my aunt returned, I cried and told her that he had raped me. Then she hit me and the man gave her money. It’s like I’m a thing to be sold. I’ll never be able to go to school, but at least I can make sure there is no wedding.”

Ornela, 17, Burkina Faso

Related stories

Långgatan 13, 647 30, Mariefred, Sweden
Phone: +46-159-129 00 • info@worldschildrensprize.org

© 2020 World’s Children’s Prize Foundation. All rights reserved. WORLD'S CHILDREN'S PRIZE®, the Foundation's logo, WORLD'S CHILDREN'S PRIZE FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD®, WORLD'S CHILDREN'S PARLIAMENT®, WORLD'S CHILDREN'S OMBUDSMAN®, WORLD'S CHILDREN'S PRESS CONFERENCE® and YOU ME EQUAL RIGHTS are service marks of the Foundation.