A Girl Gives Birth: An Intimate Look at Teen Motherhood in Latin America
“I am working on this project because I am a son of a teenage mother,” says photographer Christian Rodriguez. “And my sister was a 16-year-old teen mom. I want to show a solution for this issue.”
Rodriguez’s personal experience has driven him to document teen mothers all over the world—first in his native Uruguay, later in Rio de Janeiro, and, most recently, in the Mixe community of Maluco, a small village in the north of the Istmo de Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Wanting to tell the story of one girl in this small indigenous community, Rodriguez had a local NGO introduce him to Gloria—a 13-year-old who had been raped by her father at age 11 and gave birth at age 12.