Upon holding up her newborn child for cameras, 11-year-old Kordeza Zhelyazkova said, “I’m not going to play with toys any more – I have a new toy now.”
Kordeza went into labor during the wedding ceremony to her teenage boyfriend Jeliazko Dimitrov. She still was still wearing the white dress and tiara when she gave birth to her daughter, Violeta.
Dimitrov, who is facing up to six year in prison for having sex with a minor, met Kordeza on the playground of her Roma gypsy school in Sliven, Bulgaria. Within a week Kordeza was pregnant.
Her family greeted the news warmly as a girl giving birth at 13 years of age is fairly regular in Sliven.
For now Dimitrov, his child bride and baby will live separately as prosecutors the statutory rape case. The legal age in Bulgaria is 14. Kordeza will live with her grandmother in a dilapidated house in Sliven’s gypsy ghetto.
On her plans for the future, Kordeza says, “I don’t want more children right away. I think one is enough for now.”
That’s probably best.
Source: Air America