Defending Widows and Orphans
For a family living in poverty, a house and a small patch of land provide a crucial source of shelter, food and income. But in Uganda, when a man dies, it is common for neighbors, relatives and other community members to steal the home and property from his widow and orphans – a devastating crime commonly known as land theft.
Not only does land theft leave victims homeless, destitute and extremely vulnerable to other forms of abuse, it’s a violent crime. In an IJM study, nearly 1 out of 5 victims of land theft reported that the theft of their property involved a murder attempt on his or her life, and nearly 1 out of every 3 had threats of violence made against their children by perpetrators.
We are standing with widows and orphans in two of the areas hardest-hit by this crime.