Widowhood in Uganda is a hardship that most of us cannot possibly fathom—11% of women over 15 years old are widows. Studies show that 50% of these widows are illiterate, 67% work in other people’s gardens for survival, and 61% survive on less than 5,000 Ugandan shillings a week–less than two American dollars. Shortly after her husband dies, the widow is subjected to the common Ugandan practice of “property grabbing.” This is the intentional driving out of the vulnerable woman and her dependents from their homes and land by physical force, threats, intimidation, and property destruction. Studies have shown that over 18% of widows that go through property grabbing have also experienced attempts on their lives. Even so, the women cling tenaciously to their homes and property. Why wouldn’t they? Their children need shelter—a place to lay their heads at night and carry on in life. In spite of their resistance to the property grabbing, 17% still see their homes and property viciously destroyed in the process. The plight of the Ugandan widows is unconscionable.
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