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During the pandemic, 1.4 million women and girls had unintended pregnancies in developing nations. Esther, an 18-year-old girl in Nairobi, was on track to become the first in her family to graduate from secondary school. Instead, the pandemic and school closures sent her into an unsafe and unstable home. 

During the pandemic, 1.4 million women and girls had unintended pregnancies in developing nations. Esther, an 18-year-old girl in Nairobi, was on track to become the first in her family to graduate from secondary school. Instead, the pandemic and school closures sent her into an unsafe and unstable home. 

Photographer: Nichole Sobecki for Bloomberg

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