Pregnancy Essay

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Graduate School of Development Studies Teenage Pregnancy and Motherhood in Merkato Slums in Ethiopia: Perspectives of Teenagers and Implications for Sexual and Reproductive Health Polices and Services A Research Paper presented by: Yalemzewud Simachew Tiruneh (Ethiopia) in partial fulfilment of the requirements for obtaining the degree of MASTERS OF ARTS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES Specialization: [Population, Poverty and Social Development] Committee: Dr Arjan de Haan [Supervisor] Dr Loes Keysers [Reader] The Hague, The Netherlands November, 2010 Disclaimer: This document represents part of the author‟s study programme while at the Institute of Social Studies. The views stated therein are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Institute. Inquiries: Postal address: Institute of Social Studies P.O. Box 29776 2502 LT The Hague The Netherlands Location: Kortenaerkade 12 2518 AX The Hague The Netherlands Telephone: +31 70 426 0460 Fax: +31 70 426 0799 ii Acknowledgment First and foremost, I would like to Thank my almighty God for his guidance and blessing of my endeavour, Then comes my mother ,Emahoy Aberash Alemu, who always aspires and prays to see me through my education ever since I was a little girl in my early school days. To all my sisters and brothers for their love and moral support you shared in my life so far and during my stay away from home. To my mother in- law W/ro Tejitu worku who always aspires me and takes the responsibility of caring my daughters during my stay away from home. My very deep gratitude goes to my husband, Zerihun Assefa, who offered the consent to take the challenging role of being a double parent to our little daughters that, otherwise I wouldn‟t have joined and done my studies in ISS. My daughters 2.5 and 4 years now were very

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