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Alice Was Beaten by the One She Loved

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Beaten by the
One She Loved

Alice thought they would be together forever. But her partner’s brute shift to violence and threatening her life turned her home into a place of fear.
Read Alice’s story of domestic violence, and how you helped launch a new program to stop it.
Beaten by the
One She Loved

Violence was a part of Alice’s story from the very beginning.

She was just a little girl when she first witnessed it. She could hear her father’s anger as he yelled at her mother. And young Alice watched him violently beat her mother at her slightest mistakes.

These were the roles Alice and many of her friends in Northern Uganda watched men and women play in their lives as young children. Most of the women around them have been beaten by the ones they loved, forced to accept it as the norm while their justice system left them unprotected.

When she was older, domestic violence became a part of her reality too.

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She didn’t like him at first.

Ivan* wore baggy clothes and braided hair when he introduced himself to her at the market where she sold charcoal. She didn’t think he was her type; he looked young and irresponsible. But eventually, he won Alice over in his obsessive pursuit.

“When we just started together, Ivan was really good,” Alice said.

He took care of her when she became pregnant soon after they started their relationship. He told her to stop working when her pregnancy made her sick, taking on the role as sole provider for their growing family.

Alice never considered leaving him. Not even when he started beating her.

He hit her, cheated on her with multiple women, and—a decade and three children later—left her to marry someone else.

The bills and unpaid school fees for their children began piling up along with the hungry nights. With little education, no job, and no source of income, Alice’s only means for support was Ivan. Her family grew hungrier and sicker, leaving Alice exposed and vulnerable to Ivan’s most violent attack yet.

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escape unspeakable violence?

Alice went back to Ivan one last time to beg for the help her family needed.

The begging grew into a heated argument. And the heated argument grew into something far worse. He kicked her to the ground, grabbed her by the neck as her 7-year-old daughter struggled to pull him off, and boxed at her head when she attempted to escape. All the while, her three children watched in horror.

At the hospital, Alice learned about an organization that takes on cases of violence against the poor. An organization called International Justice Mission. Her skepticism of whether they could actually help kept her from reaching out. But thankfully, she didn't need to. Because you did.

Because of you, when we we heard Alice's story, we could reach out to her directly and offer to protect her, fight for her, and bring her justice.

You helped start a pilot project in Northern Uganda protecting women from violence within the home and treating it as the crime that it is. As a result, IJM called Alice after learning about her case, met with her, and ensured her case was heard in court. Ivan admitted to his abuse charges and—as part of his sentence—pays his family monthly for the support they need.

There’s a long road ahead before these perceptions about domestic violence change in Uganda. But because of supporters like you, the road exists. You are helping show women like Alice that they’re not alone, that husbands and fathers don’t beat people they love, and that they can disrupt the perceptions that this is normal by seeking justice.

Today, Alice has a different role, thanks to supporters like you.

She’s now an empowered woman. Your gifts helped Alice get a job making yogurt where she’s earning her own money and no longer needs to depend on Ivan for financial assistance. She’s also teaching her children what she now believes a relationship between a man and woman should look like.

There will be a time when men will stop beating up their wives,” she said. “I see a future for women where if men are spoken to and advised, they’ll come to learn that even women have rights.

Join us in putting an end to violence against
the most vulnerable today.

The First Police Murder Conviction

When Penina found him at the hospital that day, her husband was entirely unrecognizable. Beaten, bruised, swollen, sliced. His eyes could not open. His mouth could not move. His whole body was covered in cuts.

He struggled to talk, his tongue so swollen to the point he couldn’t speak. He tried to sit upright, but collapsed, exhausted, into a seemingly deep sleep. Martin Koome was pronounced dead minutes later.

The First Police Murder Conviction

Martin was brutally beaten and tortured by the Officer Nahashon Mutua. Penina knew it. The other police officers knew it. But no officer at Mutua’s senior level had ever been convicted of such a crime in Kenya—they were often protected by corruption within the system and officials who turned a blind eye.

Penina needed a miracle to get justice for Martin’s wrongful death.

The First Police Murder Conviction

She pressed on in courage and sought IJM for help. Because of supporters like you, this five-year trial against Nahashon Mutua was brought to an end. We won an impossible case, securing the first murder conviction for an officer of his level in Kenya. Penina and her family can now rest knowing that Martin received the justice he deserved.

When violent police officers are brought to justice, other corrupt officers think twice before they act. Will you give today and stop police abuse of power in Kenya?

“It’s by God’s grace that we have reached where we are,” Penina said. “As much as I have that pain of losing Martin… I am happy because it has served as a lesson to other police or those people in government who may misuse their powers.”

Fishing for Their Lives

Fishing wasn’t a fun, leisurely activity for 10-year-old Bodua* and 7-year-old Fifi*. No. Instead, fishing was a nightmare. Their life became casting nets and diving deep into the water whenever they tangled, hoping they’d resurface before their lungs screamed for breath. There was nothing surrounding them. The isolated island they lived on had no electricity, no hospitals, no schools—nothing. There was only the lake.

Bodua and Fifi were sent to live here 
with their uncle after their father died. Their mother thought they’d be getting a good education. Instead, they were forced to fish, their uncle beating the backs of their heads with boat paddles when they didn’t work as he wished, or follow his every command.

It looked as if Bodua and Fifi would never escape this nightmare. But thankfully, supporters like you are helping us spread the truth about child trafficking on Lake Volta.

Fishing for Their Lives

In Ghana, churches exist on almost every street corner. It’s within one of these churches, mere miles from the lake, a pastor hosted an IJM Freedom Sunday service and spoke up against child trafficking in his own community.

During the service, a family member of Bodua and Fifi listened, horrified, about the brutal living and working conditions on the lake and the illegality of it all. They contacted IJM and told them everything they knew about the brothers, including their last known location.

An investigation was launched immediately.

Fishing for Their Lives

IJM work with Ghana Police to rescue these two trafficked boys off of Lake Volta. Their nightmare has ended. And a better life begins. Now, Bodua and Fifi are flourishing in their new lives excited about seeing their mother again and starting school.

The truth is out. People are starting to learn about the horrors of child trafficking on Lake Volta, and they’re taking matters into their own hands to speak up against this crime. Will you be one of them and help children like Bodua and Fifi escape the terrors of slavery on Lake Volta?

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