The chief came with his small army...
“In all this mess that I went through in my life or the mess on the land—all these things—at one point I had given up.... Now I feel a lot better. I feel that I am not completely alone, because during that, especially that day when I heard the judgment, that was the time I felt God had smiled [on] me for once.”
–Veronica

Violence stole Veronica’s peace when war in Gulu forced her family to take refuge in an Internal Displacement Camp. Even after the war was over, she still couldn’t find peace.

Veronica left the camp an elderly widow. When she returned home, she discovered she lost more than just her husband.

While she was gone, her land was taken over by the chief of her village. He chopped down her trees and sold the wood for profit. He gave away her land to a local market. After her return, things just got worse.
The chief came with his small army bearing bows, arrows, machetes and clubs to scare her off her own property.

“At the time, I thought that we would not make it. I thought that we would not survive these attacks because it was not just one attack, it was attacks that would come now repeatedly after that,” Veronica said.

The threats became so terrifying, she slept outside in the bush instead of in her own home. But this land was all that she had. Leaving it would be even more dangerous than staying.

Thankfully, the chief’s 6-year reign was about to end.

IJM lawyers defended Veronica and helped her reclaim what was rightfully hers. Now, the chief and his small army know that Veronica and her family are not alone.

You can bring peace to more women like Veronica, by defending vulnerable widows and sending critical aftercare. Today, Veronica is finding peace again after all those years.

“In all this mess that I went through in my life or the mess on the land—all these things—at one point I had given up.… Now I feel a lot better. I feel that I am not completely alone, because during that, especially that day when I heard the judgment, that was the time I felt God had smiled [on] me for once.”

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