The teacher at the Koranic school described the young woman as “calm and obedient,” ideal marriage material. Samira Abdoulaye, 19, did not return the sentiment.
A look at the intersection of morality, fertility and abortion: From mega-churches to store-front parishes, religion is big in Nigeria's biggest city.
In Nigeria, birth control is stigmatized, misunderstood, and inaccessible—especially for youth. Abortion is legal only when the life of a mother is endangered. But at least 760,000 occur every year.
From traffic jams to emergency rooms, Pulitzer Center grantee Allyn Gaestel discusses her reporting in Nigeria on the Writer's Voice with Anne Hersh, a weekly program on WIOX radio in New York.
Poverty and politics are two of the biggest challenges impacting the health of women and children in Guinea.
With inadequate facilities and funding, Donka National Hospital houses Guinea’s only neonatal unit and struggles to provide maternal and infant care.
The greatest challenge in providing maternity care for one Guinean NGO clinic is not that it must make do without electricity or water, but that women don’t attend regular prenatal appointments.
From Brooklyn to Lagos, ideas about womanhood and motherhood tend to be interwoven. A look at how the film "Mother of George" brings fresh light to Nigeria's fertility and abortion debates.
In Nicaragua and El Salvador abortion bans prevent termination of pregnancies under any circumstances, including rape or incest. The governments are ill prepared to offer services young mothers need.
At age 16, Ana Luisa was raped. But by seeking an abortion to salvage her life, she became the criminal in the eyes of Salvadoran law, which bans abortion.
In deeply Catholic Nicaragua and El Salvador, where abortion is seen as murder, activists struggle to make the case for therapeutic termination in cases of rape or to save the life of the mother.
A sisterhood of HIV positive mothers helps others live with the disease.