LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Late last week, IJM secured justice for Brian in a courtroom in Zambia: The man who had stolen Brian's inheritance – and his means of survival – was convicted and now awaits sentencing.
Mere days after Brian's father passed away, a distant relative seized the estate and claimed the benefits that Brian and his two siblings should have inherited. Suddenly Brian had nothing, and he was forced to drop out of school because he could no longer afford the monthly fees.
But Brian had an advocate. IJM Zambia helped Brian and his siblings get immediate care and developed a strong legal case to ensure a sustainable future for the family. Last week, justice was secured when the perpetrator was convicted and found guilty of depriving Brian and his siblings from benefits that were legally theirs.
When the judgment was delivered, IJM celebrated with Brian: "I am so excited and happy. I have been escorting that young boy to court and I could see misery on his face all the time," said IJM Aftercare Specialist Maambo. "But today Brian was so happy; he even walked with funky step like he was dancing."