Student pledges to help Zambian teen girls

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A 23-year-old has vowed to raise funds and awareness to fight unsafe abortions after spending 12 weeks caring for the community in Zambia.

Rosie Corderoy, from Avenue Approach, Chichester, was shocked when she spoke to Zambian women and discovered one native woman dies every eleven minutes trying to perform her own home abortion after being sexually abused and left pregnant.

The University of Westminster student said she lived with native people during her three month outreach programme in Zambia last summer.

“After three months we became so close she told me a lot of her friends had stabbed themselves in the stomach to abort the baby and a couple of her friends had died trying to kill them.”

She said the girls find themselves in these positions when they’re as young as 12-years-old.

“There were women who were doing the most heinous things to stop these unwanted babies, from using sticks and wire hangers to drinking deadly potions using battery acid. Some even threw themselves down stairs. It really upset me and now I’m calling for action, I want to help.

“It’s so normal there. She could see from my reaction it wasn’t something that was normal in the UK and she seemed upset se might be making her culture look bad.”

Rosie will host fund raising events including a 5k run when she comes home for her Easter holiday in April to raise money for Marie Stopes International.

Marie Stopes is a charity which helps provide sexual and reproductive health services around the world.

Rosie said: “I was totally in awe of the work they do here but I want to raise money for them to help out in Zambia.”

To sponsor Rosie, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Roisin-Corderoy