Image 32 of 41
< Prev Next >
Mitka holds her head in her hands while breast-feeding her daughter Ivanka.<br />
<br />
**********************<br />
<br />
STORY SYNOPSIS :: Bulgarian Roma teenager Mitka got pregnant at 16, and married by 17. Her time -- formerly for friends and leisure -- is now assigned solely to her daughter, Ivanka. Her husband and the baby's father, 24-year-old Metodi, and his sister, Tsetska, share the load of caregiving and financial duties for the baby. The couple and child share a three-room home with Mitka's great-grandmother, Perka. Her story is a part of a pervasive trend of young motherhood in the Romany community, in part due to expectations of early marriage for women and lack of sexual education.