Apostolic Sect Girl Dies After Giving Birth At Home In Buhera

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A 14-year-old girl from the Johane Marange apostolic church  died on Tuesday a few days after giving birth at home in Buhera, NewsDay can report.

Family relative and lawyer Norris Johannes told NewsDay that Delight Masomeke of Bvumbura Village in Chivhu gave birth to a baby girl on December 29, 2022 at Masasa in Buhera, but died three days later.

“The deceased is said to have given birth to a baby girl on December 29, 2022 and remained unwell until she succumbed to (an undisclosed) illness yesterday (Monday),” Johannes said.

“Her mother Nelia Matarirano is my sister, but the family was not aware that the girl was married.

“All we knew was she was at school, only to be shocked with the news of her death yesterday. Relatives wanted to hastily bury her, but we sought police intervention. We are at the police station filing a report.”

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said he was still checking on the case.

Girl child rights activists have red-flagged a surge in under-age girls who die while giving birth at apostolic church shrines.

Content retrieved from: https://www.zimeye.net/2023/01/05/apostolic-sect-girl-dies-after-giving-birth-at-home-in-buhera/.

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