Two Innocent Men Facing Life Imprisonment Finally Set Free

NAIROBI, KENYA – Today in Kenya, two men framed for stealing a police officer’s radio were finally declared innocent. The battle in court has taken two years.

“I have gone through a lot of agony since I got arrested and imprisoned,” Collins told the IJM team fighting for his innocence. “I have seen God work through you, and he has used you to save me.”  

Framed For a Crime

This Kenyan Father Will Be Home For Christmas

NAIROBI, KENYA – Yesterday, Collins’ IJM lawyer, Wamaitha Kimani, went by the prison to tell him we believed he might get out on bail today. “He nodded and said thank you and goodbye. Then he came back again and asked me to repeat what I had just said to him,” Wamaitha pauses, then adds, “When I repeated and he understood my words, he touched his heart a couple of times, said the Lord bless IJM, and he spoke very little after that.”

Today, Collins is going home.

An Innocent Man Framed

British Charity Director Found Guilty for Abusing Street Children in Kenya

A British court found Simon Harris guilty of abusing young Kenyan boys, as well as possessing indecent images of children, when he was working as the director of a children’s charity in their community. The trial against him represented an innovative use of technology and a unique collaboration between UK police and human rights agencies, including IJM Kenya. Harris will be sentenced on January 30, 2015.

Study Sheds New Light on Violence Against Ugandan Widows

New IJM research finds that nearly one of three widows in one area of Uganda is a victim of property grabbing—a devastating crime that threatens lives and livelihoods for some of the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.

Nearly 20% of these victims reported that attempts were made on their lives—and more than 30% reported threats against their children—by powerful neighbors or relatives trying to steal their homes or land.