Teachers and students of Karlkuhnle Memorial Secondary school at Rural Training Institute (RTI) on the outskirt of Kenema city, along the Kenema – Tongo field highway, parents and guardian in Kenema and Bo bit their fingers in surprise when they heard that Hasanatu Lewis of Junior Secondary School (JSS) II of the above school, staying at no. 3 Ngombu section has given birth to a bouncing baby boy. Hasanatu’s pregnancy was not noticed by anybody until she gave birth in a toilet at around 5pm on Wednesday April 1st 2009.
Hasanatu Lewis is presently staying with one Kadiatu Bah for the past three months was attending school and only stopped going to school on Tuesday 31st March 2009.
According to a report at the police station, Hasanatu on Wednesday afternoon went into the toilet to take bath, and delivered the baby on her own. She then wrapped the baby in a plastic and kept it hind an object, and quietly went into her room and rest. Few minutes a school boy entered the toilet and noticed something shaking in a plastic. He informed the other house mates about it and they rescued the baby. They decided to enquire who might have done such act as there was no pregnant woman at the house to their knowledge. When they went into Hasanatu’s room they met her resting. When questioned about the baby she admitted giving birth to the baby in the toilet. Scores of residents within the area gathered at the compound to set eyes on the baby and the mother. A soldier later took mother and child to the Family Support Unit of the Kenema police division. At the police station Hasanatu Lewis also admitted delivering the baby on her own in the toilet, and also confessed that one Sylvester Sidique alias Daddy a student of Bo school was the father. She further explained that Daddy had since got mad and has been taken to Niagoihun village in Bagbo in Bo district Southern Sierra Leone. The police then asked Kadiatu Bah whom Hasanatu is staying with to take Hasanatu and her baby boy to the government hospital for medical attention for both of them. Scores of residents in Kenema were also visited the station to set eyes on Hasanatu and her child. Hasanatu said that her parents are too old to take care of her and the father of the child is currently mad.