Today, we will be looking at the top 10 youngest mothers in the world, so buckle up. It can be quite heavy. Before reading on, keep in mind that due to the nature of the subject, there are multiple mentions of rape.
- 1 10. 8-Year-Old Anna
- 2 9. 8-Year-Old Hilda Trujillo
- 3 8. An Unnamed 8-Year-Old from Colombia
- 4 7. 8-Year-Old Mum-Zi
- 5 6. 8-Year-Old Griseldina Acuña
- 6 5. An Unnamed 8-Year-Old from India
- 7 4. 8-Year-Old Zulma Guadalupe Morales
- 8 3. 6-Year-Old H.
- 9 2. 6-Year-Old Yelizaveta
- 10 1. 5-Year-Old Lina Medina
How Does It Happen?
Biologically speaking, the youngest mothers in the world have typically experienced puberty symptoms at an early age, such as being able to menstruate early. Hence, they are able to carry the baby and (in some cases) give birth. However, how do they get pregnant? Simply put, it’s because they are raped, and what adds to the horror is that for most of these girls, the perpetrator was someone close to them.
10. 8-Year-Old Anna
Anna is from Russia and gave birth in the year 2000. When she delivered her baby, her exact age was 8 years and 7 months. She gave birth to a baby girl in the Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don. While there are not many details available about her case, it is known that she was raped by a 13-year-old neighbor after she experienced menarche at the age of 7.
9. 8-Year-Old Hilda Trujillo
Hilda was born to a poor family in Peru, where they lived in a humble one-room residence. Her 22-year-old cousin also lived with them. This was quite tragic as he was the perpetrator of Hilda’s rape. At the time of the assault, she was only 7 years old and by the time she gave birth, she was 8 years and 7 months old. As her pregnancy became more visible, Hilda’s mother took note and got worried, taking her to the doctor. It was the doctor who then revealed she was pregnant. While it doesn’t change the horror of the situation, at least there is solace in the fact that the cousin was arrested and charged immediately.
8. An Unnamed 8-Year-Old from Colombia
Her story is quite tragic. Police found her swollen stomach suspicious, believing that she was concealing drugs. As it turns out, she was pregnant and her mother was aware of the situation. The unnamed girl went to the pharmacy to get some medicine, but a 32-year-old employee raped her and later threatened the mother. The mother was quite scared as she never pressed charges.
7. 8-Year-Old Mum-Zi
This is among the older examples. Chieftains in Africa were known to have harems. Many women lived here, and they were only available to the chieftain himself. Typically, girls are much older before they bear children, but Mum-Zi of Calabar, Nigeria gave birth to Chief Akkiri’s child in December 1884 when she was 8 years and 4 months old. Her daughter also gave birth at a young age, so she was a grandmother by 17.
6. 8-Year-Old Griseldina Acuña
She lived in Colombia and, according to her medical records, began menstruating as a toddler at age 3. At 8 years old, she gave birth to a baby boy. While there are not many available details, it is known that a family friend was the attacker.
5. An Unnamed 8-Year-Old from India
In rural parts of India, it is shockingly common for parents to sell their daughters to adult men so that they are no longer responsible for them. This unnamed girl was the victim of such a situation. The exact details of the man she was sold to are unknown, but there is medical evidence to suggest that she died in labor at the age of 8. The baby did not survive either.
4. 8-Year-Old Zulma Guadalupe Morales
In Mexico, 8-year-old Zulma carried a child for the full 9 months and gave birth on January 12, 1993. The doctors noted that both she and the baby were in good health. Her pregnancy was caused by her uncle raping her. Her parents found the circumstances embarrassing and wished to keep things secretive, but the media revealed her name anyway.
3. 6-Year-Old H.
Her actual name is unknown, but she is referred to as H. She was an Indian girl who gave birth in 1932 via C-section. She had not experienced any form of puberty, which is why her pregnancy tends to be especially shocking to some. Other than this, there are not many details about her. Since she was 6 years old, she would be considered one of the youngest mothers in the world.
2. 6-Year-Old Yelizaveta
She was from Ukraine in the Soviet Union and gave birth at 6 years old in 1934. Her story is especially tragic as she was raped by her maternal grandfather at age 5. Her parents insisted that the baby be delivered naturally as C-sections were a new concept at the time. Things went wrong, and the baby was stillborn. The attention her family got for the entire situation led to them moving away. What is shocking and horrifying is that the grandfather who raped her went with them.
1. 5-Year-Old Lina Medina
Lina Medina of Peru is the youngest mother on this list. The exact circumstances of her pregnancy are still not known. Her father was initially a suspect, but due to a lack of evidence, he was deemed innocent. Her parents took her to a doctor worried that she might have a stomach tumor, but she was actually 7 months pregnant. She gave birth in May 1939. Her son was initially raised as her brother, but at age 10, he learned the truth.
And there we are, the youngest mothers in the world. While the topic might inspire curiosity, it is admittedly very bleak. There is no easy way to discuss young children being preyed upon by dangerous people around them. While there is nothing we can do for the youngest mothers in the world, at the very least, we can look at their stories with sympathy and compassion and learn to be careful about who we leave our children with.