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Father dumps 12-year-old daughter on deserted island for getting pregnant

By Mason White 2:45 PM April 28, 2017
Pregnant girl (illustration)
Pregnant girl (illustration)
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(Scroll down for video) The father of a preteen girl in Uganda, became angry after learning that she was pregnant.

The father, who was not identified, ordered his son to take the 12-year-old girl to a deserted island, and leave her there to die.

Mauda Kyitaragabirwe, whose grandson claims that she is 106 years old, said that when she was a child, families rid themselves of pregnant unmarried girls as they were seen as a shame.

Virgin girls were usually sold for a hefty bride price, and girls who were pregnant or had a child, did not bring in any money for their families.

Kyitaragabirwe revealed that pregnant girls were either dumped on Punishment Island, where they were left to die of hunger and thirst, or they were pushed off the Kisiizi Falls.

While nobody survived being pushed off Kisiizi Falls, some girls managed to get off Punishment Island alive.

Kyitaragabirwe said that after her father realized that she was pregnant, her brother pushed her into a canoe and took her to Punishment Island.

She was dumped on the grass, and was left to die. After five days, a man appeared and rescued her. James Kigandeire took the girl to his home, and married her.

She went on to have three sons and three daughters, and many grandchildren.

When asked what happened to her unborn child, Kyitaragabirwe revealed that she was beaten until she had a miscarriage.