Mariam’s Story of Redemption

Over the course of 17 years, Mariam endured the death of her husband and her children, false imprisonment, the theft of her 10-acre farmland, and the destruction of her home. Finally, she found hope when Redeem intervened.

Mariam* has endured unimaginable suffering and injustice. After the death of her husband, she was falsely accused of murder and imprisoned for seven years. One of her sons took advantage of her absence while she was incarcerated and sold her property to an eager buyer. Mariam returned home to find her property stolen and her home destroyed. She tried to press charges against the perpetrators in court, but the case stalled out, and her situation seemed hopeless.

Redeem took Mariam’s case in late 2021. At the time, she lived in the abandoned home of a friend and scraped together provisions for her ten orphaned grandchildren. Mariam and the Redeem team endured numerous legal setbacks. The perpetrators refused to attend their court hearings. The local prosecutor disregarded the evidence in her favor and dismissed the case, forcing Mariam and Redeem to appeal the case to the regional court.

After months of waiting, the court finally ruled in favor of Mariam, restoring ownership of the land to her and granting an injunction to restrain her abusers. Mariam, along with the orphans under her care, could finally return home. For the first time in a decade, she can live in her own home without worrying about her safety. Instead of focusing on legal battles, she can focus on taking care of the children in her home, and building prosperity for her family.

*Client names changed for privacy

Mariam celebrates with her Redeem social worker after her legal victory.

More Stories

After losing her husband, Gloria was forced to flee her home when a family member threatened to kill her and her children.
When Florence finally returned to her land, her story made national headlines.