Africa

The Battle for Home: How Property Grabbing Has Divided One Family in Uganda

Charles is flanked by IJM lawyer Diana and IJM aftercare specialist Lydia. Diana says: “These arrests show that those who steal the property of the most vulnerable, will be punished. Because of these arrests, Charles now has hope that his land will be recovered.”

KAMPALA, UGANDA – A battle that has lasted nearly as long as Charles has been alive is ending soon: This week, a man and woman were arrested and charged for stealing and selling off land that should belong to Charles, now 19, and his two orphaned siblings.

IJM Announces Expansion into Ghana to Help End Child Slavery on World’s Largest Reservoir

ACCRA, GHANA – Leaders from International Justice Mission have deployed to the West African nation of Ghana to open a new field office and join with the Ghanaian government and other partners to rescue children from slavery in the fishing industry. IJM will collaborate with the anti-human trafficking police to arrest slave owners and free children being forced to work on Lake Volta—the world’s largest man-made lake.

A Ghanaian government survey estimates that 50,000 children work in Ghana’s fishing industry, with tens of thousands on Lake Volta during peak season.

Elderly Widow Mary Now Safe in her Home of 50 Years

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Mary lived on the same small plot of land in her rural village in Uganda for 50 years. It was where she raised her children, grew her family’s food, and where she buried her husband when he died. As she grew older and frailer, she spent more and more of her days there, sitting in the open doorway of her one-room house.

A powerful neighbor was watching Mary age, and he made plans to quietly seize her little patch of land when she died. He was a wealthy traditional healer in their village, and well known in the community for his influence.

IJM and Ugandan Courts Launch Precedent-Setting New Reforms

KAMPALA, UGANDA – For decades, widows and orphans in Mukono District had little hope of getting help in court when criminals violently stole their homes or land.

IJM has been working with government partners to protect them and, this year, unveiled crucial reforms to improve how local courts serve the poor.

This May, two pilot courts in Mukono officially launched these reforms at an “Open Court Day” where community members could learn about services the court provides. IJM and its partners hope to replicate successes from these two courts across the country.

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