For poor families, a small patch of land is often the only source of critical food and shelter. But scores of vulnerable widows have this lifeline stolen from them after their husbands die.
Powerful relatives or neighbours steal their land with violence, or prey on orphans in their time of need. Victims are left hungry, homeless and deeply afraid.
Too often, local justice officials treat this crime as a “family matter” and tell a widow to settle with her abusers. Without accountability, criminals continue to thrive and their victims are trapped in the cycle of poverty.