Protecting Women and Children from Violence
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 form of violence that targets some of the most vulnerable women and children in the country
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.