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Land Theft

For poor families, a small patch of land is often the only source of critical food and shelter. But scores of vulnerable widows have this lifeline stolen from them after their husbands die.

Powerful relatives or neighbors steal their land with violence, or prey on orphans in their time of need. Victims are left hungry, homeless and deeply afraid.

Too often, local justice officials treat this crime as a “family matter” and tell a widow to settle with her abusers. Without accountability, criminals continue to thrive and their victims are trapped in the cycle of poverty.

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Grace's Story

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“I couldn’t send my kids to school before, and now I can send them to school and be safe in my home.”

Rose IJM Uganda client restored to her home​​

"With limited and insecure land rights, it is difficult, if not impossible, for the poor to overcome poverty."

Dr. Hamid Rashid United Nations
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