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30/10/2013

Every day, 20,000 girls below age 18 give birth in developing countries. Nine in 10 of these births occur within marriage or a union. Girls under 15 account for 2 million of the annual total of 7.3 million new adolescent mothers each year. If current trends continue, the number of births to girls under 15 could rise to 3 million a year in 2030. The State of World Population 2013, published by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on October 30, 2013, highlights the main challenges of adolescent pregnancy and its serious impacts on girls' education, health and long-term employment opportunities. The report also shows what can be done to curb this trend and protect girls' human rights and well-being.

04/03/2013

All over the world, differences exist between man and woman only by their sexes, but in the Ubang community in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State the dissimilarities have transcended genital organs, as the men have different words for communication from their women counterparts. 
Call it the land of impossibilities both in tourism and in all facets of life and you would not be far from the truth. To some, it might be a mystery, to others a fairy tale, because you would not believe or have imagined that a community in Nigeria, which prides itself as the only one in the world have its people speaking two separate languages, the men speak separately from the women. 

The beauty of it is that the man and the woman understand each other without inviting an interpreter, but the law is, the man must not be caught speaking the same language of a woman, vice-versa. 

With no concrete documentation to how it evolved, some of the residents in the Ubang community, who spoke with Channels Television, appears to be proud of their ancestral heritage which according to them is as old as the community itself and it is second to none in the world. 

According to them, this tradition, which they cannot challenge or change, forbids women from speaking the same language used by the male counterparts, is like a law which the people must obey at all costs. 

In other words, in a home, the husband must speak a different language from the wife, while a man must find a way to communicate with his daughter and vice versa. 

The Village head of the community, Joseph Aleinyang said in spite of the language dissimilarities amongst his kindred's Ubang since its inception has remained one of the most peaceful in the state, promoting communal living and are also the food basket of the state in terms of cocoa and other agricultural produce, but has remained in abject poverty due to its bad road network to transport its produce for better sales to the outer communities. 

There is also a major challenge of employment among its youths, lack of access to portable drinking water as the only source of water supply to the entire community is a stream which requires long distance to access most especially, during the dry season. 

There is still more mysteries that lies in the domain of the Ubang community which needs to be harnessed, one of the Ubang Mountains called Okwe Asirikwe, a gigantic rock bearing a supernatural foot print, which no one has been able to unravel the source, no human being living or dead had the size of the foot print, which makes residents believe that it was the foot print of God.

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16/11/2012

Providing women and girls with equal access to education is not only a fundamental human right but a neccessary foundation for a properous and sustainable world. As girls move into adolescence, gender disparities widen. In Nigeria, this is seen in the number of out of school girls and the percentage increase of child marriage.

16/11/2012

This is the story of three women from three different backgrounds, three different social standings,brought together by one thing. The experience of discrimination, Mental and physical torture just because they are female.
"FREEDOM IN CHAINS" ..... IS ANY WOMAN TRUELY FREE.

16/11/2012

This is the story of three women from three different backgrounds, three different social standings,brought together by one thing. The experience of discrimination, Mental and physical torture just because they are female.

16/11/2012

This is the story of three women from three different backgrounds, three different social standings,brought together by one thing. The experience of discrimination, Mental and physical torture just because they are female.
"FREEDOM IN CHAINS" ..... IS ANY WOMAN TRUELY FREE.

08/09/2012

BIRTH IS A DREAM is a documentary project which aims to document and raise awareness about the maternity crisis in Africa.
Improve maternal health, reducing maternal mortality is also one of the Millennium Development Goals.
More pictures and stories available here:
http://www.birthisadream.org

photography & video
PAOLO PATRUNO
editing & postproduction
PAOLO PATRUNO

Music:
“Our Lives, Our Destinies”
Mindthings
“Trio for Piano, Cello, and Clarinet”
“Virtutes Instrumenti”
“Wounded”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
“Decision”
Frozen Silence
“Viandanze (EP)”
Fabrizio Paterlini

Forewarning: this video contains some graphic images that some viewers may find disturbing

PAOLOPATRUNOPHOTO
http://www.paolopatrunophoto.org

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28/06/2010

Ku Saurara! trains health care providers in northern Nigeria on adolescent reproductive health issues and positive interpersonal communication with young people. Hear directly from two nurses and two patients in Kano who are benefiting from the program.

09/04/2009

This preview highlights a postpartum hemorrhage case in Northern Nigeria in early 2009. The segment is part of a feature documentary by filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, that intimately follows Nigerias most distinguished medical and social scientists in obstetric and reproductive health as they implement a range of initiatives to improve maternal and child health. The film includes groundbreaking work Pathfinder International is leading to improve maternal survival and reduce maternal deaths by postpartum hemorrhage. Nigeria ranks second in maternal deaths worldwide, with more than 50,000 women dying each year in childbirth or from pregnancy-related causes. The films unprecedented access to Nigerias vanguard of maternal and child health professionals personalizes and illustrates this global issue. Expected for release in 2010, Dawn and her team will be filming throughout Nigeria in 2009. As it becomes available, more information about the film will be posted at www.pathfind.org.

21/11/2007

Film about the campaign to End Fistula.

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