Women in war-torn Africa forced to have unwanted kids

Up to a third of women in war-torn African countries who want to limit the number of children they give birth to lack the resources to do so, according to US university researchers.

The study, which looked at women in Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, found that up to 40% of women did not want any more children in the next two years and that up to an additional 35% did not want any more children at all.

Despite this, as little as four per cent of women in some areas were using modern contraception.

The lack of contraception exists alongside a general lack of reproductive health services, which means rape victims are vulnerable to unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection and unsafe abortion practices.

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