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1/15/2014 (1 year ago)

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Midwives reduced to pushing on teenager's stomach to facilitate birth

In a sign of the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic, a video has surfaced showing that nation's slide into chaos as midwives, without medicine or proper tools are forced to push on a pregnant girl's stomach in order to facilitate birth. The most reluctant mother is a teenager whose child was the result of the rape of a rebel soldier.

Central African transitional parliament chief (CNT) Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet is acting as Central African Republic's interim president. Photo: Victim of Rape

Central African transitional parliament chief (CNT) Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet is acting as Central African Republic's interim president. Photo: Victim of Rape

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/15/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Central African Republic, rape, midwives, dire circumstances, anarchy


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to authorities, the 16-year-old girl was raped last year after being chased from her home by the Seleka who killed her brother and sister.

Battling a chronic shortage of drugs and desperate to help the young woman, midwives forced the distressed baby out by pushing down on her stomach. Alternating between writhing on the bed and staying silent as tears fell down her face, the most unprepared mother gave birth to a son.

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Disturbing footage has emerged from the Central African Republic of a teenage rape victim undergoing

Disturbing footage has emerged from the Central African Republic of a teenage rape victim undergoing a brutal labor as she struggles to give birth.


Sky News says they were filming in the Central African Republic when the victim went into labor. "She was alone, chased from her home and pregnant after rape, trying to give birth to another," Special Correspondent Alex Crawford said.

"When the little boy was finally dragged into the Central African Republic, he wasn't breathing. It was a brutal birth to a baby boy she never wanted, into a dangerously chaotic and unstable country.'

The young girl alternated between writhing on the bed in agony and staying silent as tears fell down

The young girl alternated between writhing on the bed in agony and staying silent as tears fell down her face as she gave birth to a son she did not want.


Save the Children says that nearly 800,000 people have been displaced in the Central African Republic by the continuing violence.

Humanitarian agencies including are trying to meet their health, food and protection needs, but a highly unstable security situation and lack of funds are hampering relief efforts.

When the little boy was finally delivered he was not breathing although he was successfully resuscit

When the little boy was finally delivered he was not breathing although he was successfully resuscitated by the midwives.


"The situation in the IDP camps, particularly Bangui where there has been heavy fighting over the last week, is extremely concerning," Tom Godfrey, Save the Children's Operations Director in CAR, says. "The stench of sewage is heavy in the air and we are worried about the potential for disease to spread. With tens of thousands of people living in close quarters with little or no shelter, an epidemic could spread like wildfire."

Alexandre Ferdinand Nguendet, who heads the national council, says that CAR will now select a new interim president for the country by the end of next week. Nguendet vowed this week that the era of anarchy in the tumultuous country was now over. It was seen as a bold declaration made only days after the man who had seized power in a coup last year stepped down under international pressure.

People climb a metal post as they listen to a speech give by the Central African transitional parlia

People climb a metal post as they listen to a speech give by the Central African transitional parliament chief Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet.


Djotodia came under mounting international criticism after his government failed to stem unprecedented levels of violence between the country's Christian and Muslim communities.

A temporary camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the airport of the capital Bangui.

A temporary camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the airport of the capital Bangui.


More than 1,000 people were killed last month alone, and the fighting prompted nearly one million people to flee their homes.

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