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“I WAS SO SCARED.
I WAS FEARING FOR THE WORST.”

LIFE HAS BECOME VERY DANGEROUS FOR WIDOWS IN UGANDA. Violent criminals steal their homes and threaten their lives without fear of the law.

SEND URGENT RESCUE WITH A GIFT TODAY >

I WANT TO HELP
PROTECT VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

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BENEDETA WAS TERRIFIED when a group of violent men hacked down her crops, attacked her sons, and swore to kill her if she didn’t leave her small patch of land.

Her children and 20 grandchildren relied on her farm for food and income—but she could do nothing to stop these men. Benedeta lived in fear of constant violence for six years, with no one to defend her.

“I HAD LOST ALL HOPE. BUT WHEN I WAS IN THE VILLAGE SEEKING REFUGE, THAT'S WHEN I MET IJM.”

Equipped by the generosity of our supporters, our team in Gulu, Uganda, stood up to these bullies. And we quickly learned how violent the situation was.

BENEDETA'S TORMENTERS CAME AFTER OUR STAFF. A group of men kidnapped three of her relatives and plotted to ambush us when we came to help. Luckily, our investigators discovered the ambush and worked with local police to rescue the family and arrest 17 men waiting with rusty spears and machetes. Thankfully, those violent men are standing trial today.

Our panic lasted only a day, but Benedeta lived in fear every day until someone defended her. Please donate today so IJM can show up every day.

“BECAUSE OF FEAR, WE STOPPED FARMING ON THE LAND. MY GREATEST JOY NOW IS I CAN SLEEP WITHOUT FEAR. I CAN FINALLY FARM WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING ATTACKED IN THE FIELDS.” — Benedeta

IJM'S WORK DOESN'T JUST DEFEND A WIDOW'S LAND. We defend her right to live and to live safely—and we need you by our side.

YOU CAN DEFEND VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE LIKE BENEDETA TODAY.

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Benedeta's home

"I can finally farm without fear of being attacked in the fields."

– Benedeta

Our aftercare team is helping Benedeta feel empowered in her community.

"I would love to see my grandchildren in school."

– Benedeta

"Because of IJM,
I have my life."

– Benedeta

9 children.
20 grandchildren.
1 happy family.

"Now it is much more peaceful on the land. We have no more attacks."

– Benedeta

"My greatest joy now is I can sleep without fear."

– Benedeta

"I have already recommended another widow to IJM."

– Benedeta

A LASTING IMPACT

Benedeta’s family is now safe on their land, and their community is getting safer, too. Your gift to IJM not only rescues individual victims, but equips us to train police, judges and other leaders on how to protect the poor—so thousands more will never live in fear.

“ORIGINALLY I FEARED THE POLICE VERY, VERY MUCH. BUT AFTER THEY CAME AND HELPED ME, I NO LONGER FEAR THEM.” — Benedeta
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