By Tanaka Chirombo, HIV/AIDS and SRHR facilitator, Youth and Society
In Malawi, three in 10 girls aged 15–19 have had—or are expecting—a child. Half of these girls will be married by the time they are 18-years-old, and only one in five will have a comprehensive knowledge of the risks posed and what they can do to avoid contracting HIV/AIDS. These are numbers. But behind each statistic is a young person navigating the realities of life, and the complexities Malawian youth face in making decisions that will shape their futures. Through this photo series, please join me as I step into the lives of Malawian adolescents living in Thunda, a rural village in northern Malawi. These images offer a glimpse into what it looks like to live in a remote area. This is what it looks like to have unmet needs in accessing health services. And this, for so many adolescents and youth across my nation, is what it looks like to live a day in the life as a young Malawian.
All photo credits: Tanaka Chirombo