Illegal Property Seizure

Elderly Widow Mary Now Safe in her Home of 50 Years

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Mary lived on the same small plot of land in her rural village in Uganda for 50 years. It was where she raised her children, grew her family’s food, and where she buried her husband when he died. As she grew older and frailer, she spent more and more of her days there, sitting in the open doorway of her one-room house.

A powerful neighbor was watching Mary age, and he made plans to quietly seize her little patch of land when she died. He was a wealthy traditional healer in their village, and well known in the community for his influence.

IJM and Ugandan Courts Launch Precedent-Setting New Reforms

KAMPALA, UGANDA – For decades, widows and orphans in Mukono District had little hope of getting help in court when criminals violently stole their homes or land.

IJM has been working with government partners to protect them and, this year, unveiled crucial reforms to improve how local courts serve the poor.

This May, two pilot courts in Mukono officially launched these reforms at an “Open Court Day” where community members could learn about services the court provides. IJM and its partners hope to replicate successes from these two courts across the country.

IJM Zambia: Irene Shares Tearful Thanks After 8-Year Legal Battle for Her Land

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Irene feared she would never win back the land her uncle stole from her family years ago. But with the support of IJM Zambia and a special friendship with her IJM social worker, Irene is now able to celebrate this week that her rights are finally restored.

Left Struggling by Her Uncle’s Greed

IJM Zambia: Conviction Means Safer Future for Rhona and Her Daughters

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Rhona was devastated when a powerful relative stole everything her ex-husband had left to support their two daughters. The theft left her impoverished family struggling for more than a decade on their own—unaided by local authorities—until a team from IJM Zambia came to help.

Last week, Rhona’s 11-year battle for justice finally ended when a local court convicted her sister-in-law for stealing the property that belongs to Rhona and her daughters.

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