NAIROBI, KENYA – Yesterday, justice was delivered in a crowded court in Nairobi. A man who betrayed a position of trust to sexually abuse a 14-year-old girl was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison – a strong message that sexual violence against children will not be tolerated and little girls like Magdalena* should not have to live in fear.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Late last week, IJM secured justice for Brian in a courtroom in Zambia: The man who had stolen Brian's inheritance – and his means of survival – was convicted and now awaits sentencing.
Mere days after Brian's father passed away, a distant relative seized the estate and claimed the benefits that Brian and his two siblings should have inherited. Suddenly Brian had nothing, and he was forced to drop out of school because he could no longer afford the monthly fees.
MBALALA VILLAGE, UGANDA – 17-year-old Rose and her mother Namusisi step off a small bus in their home village. Even with her IJM attorney and social worker following closely behind, Rose looks nervous. Wind whips sheets of orange dust from the road, as the group of women cross the road and walk toward a weary brick house. The widow Namusisi smooths the bold print of her dress against the gale.
For so long, this moment seemed out of reach – but now, she and her daughter are home.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – This week, a new chapter begins in Tasiyana’s life. Soon, she will go home – a home that should have been hers 15 years ago. When her father passed away in 1996, her uncle moved in and kicked Tasiyana and her mother out. Without the home, they struggled to find shelter and a means of earning a livelihood.