Blog post by Ed Wilson. Ed Wilson is the Executive Director for IJM Canada. He recently returned from a one-week trip to visit our teams in the field in Uganda, where we defend widows and orphans from property grabbing. He shares his observations from the field, noting the significant steps taken by the Mukono Magistrate's Court to make justice possible.
By Kathryn Wilkes
Kathryn Wilkes is the Field Office Director for IJM Kampala. She and her team have helped defend more than 1,000 widows and orphans from property grabbing.
You may have heard Juliana’s story from us before. She is an elderly widow who was attacked with a machete—her hand was severely cut when she raised it to block the machete’s blow to her head. This attack came after months of abuse, threats, and intimidation from a distant relative, who claimed that Juliana’s land belonged to him.
ACCRA, GHANA – Ten boys who grew up as slaves on Ghana’s Lake Volta are now free. On Friday, March 20, IJM embarked on our first-ever rescue operation in the region and, working side-by-side with Ghanaian authorities, rescued boys as young as 5 from wooden fishing canoes.
Freedom was possible thanks to an investigation that started over a year ago.
NAIROBI, KENYA – In December 2014, a British court convicted Simon Harris for sexually abusing Kenyan street boys and possessing indecent images of children. He had been working as the director of a children’s charity in a rural Kenyan community. The trial against him represented an innovative use of technology and a unique collaboration between UK authorities, Kenyan police and human rights organizations like IJM. (Read about the case here.)