Nicaragua, teen pregnancy – Martin Bandzak

Since his first visit of Nicaragua in 2007, Martin Bandzak continued to return several times to document a life of community Subtiava where adolescent pregnancy is hidden. Early marriage, lack of sex education, gender double standards and religious prohibition of contraception are the main reasons why these girls live in circle of poverty. 47 percent of pregnant girls and teenagers do not complete primary school, effectively losing their right to education. Many are forced to look for work in disadvantageous conditions, because they don’t have experience or training in a profession or trade, others are thrown out on streets, and many end up as victims of sexual exploitation. Martin knows this urgent theme well. He approaches it straight with his personal view but with respect to the community.

Photographs are authorized © Martin Bandzak.
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