KAMPALA, UGANDA – When Nelson's parents died, he and his siblings faced an uncertain future until relatives took them in. But years later, Nelson would learn an awful truth: these same relatives had stolen his parents' property—a home and land that would help the orphans—and they would use lies, threats and violence to stop Nelson from getting it back.
NAIROBI, Kenya – Jillian* was only 15 years old when a notorious gang member brutally assaulted her. Over the next year, the young girl was plagued by fear. But with the support of her community and IJM Kenya, Jillian courageously spoke the truth about the abuse in court.
Her bravery has paid off. Last month, a Kenyan court convicted the gang member for raping Jillian and sent him to prison for 20 years.
NAIROBI, KENYA – This month, IJM investigators worked closely with local police to arrest an orphanage director in Kenya for allegedly raping one of the children under his care.
A 14-year-old girl, who had lived at the orphanage for nearly ten years, says the man brought her into his family's home and sexually abused her. But when she reported the abuse to other staff, no one would help. Even when she discovered she was pregnant as a result of the abuse, orphanage staff forced her to hide her pregnancy in silence.
GULU, UGANDA – When IJM Gulu met Catherine in late 2012, her family of two children and four grandchildren was only eating one meal a day. It looked like her grandchildren were going to need to drop out of school, because she had no idea how she could keep paying their small school fees. She was desperate for help.
A Life Displaced by Violence, Replaced with Uncertainty