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WELCOME TO COME TOGETHER WIDOWS AND OPRHANS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION, Many widows and their children suffer greatly in Kenya due to a variety of factors including:

  • Misinformed religious beliefs
  • Tribal beliefs and customs
  • Jealousy
  • Greed

 As a result widows and their children:

  • Become victims of mental, physical and sexual abuse including rape.
  • May have to undergo customary ‘cleansing’ rituals including being forced to have unprotected sex.
  • Are looked on with hatred and suspicion and are considered evil and to be bringing bad luck.
  • Can be systematically tortured and attacked (to the point of murder)
  • Are forced to commit degrading acts, like eating human flesh, having sex with thedead body.
  • Are accused of murdering the husband.
  • Are robbed of any inheritance and/or land and personal belongings..
  • Maybe separated and the children taken away by the husbands extended family.

In addition to the above a widow may:

  • Have all her hair shaved off,  jewellery stolen and be forced to wear black for the rest of her life.
  • Not be allowed ever to remarry, or may be forced to remarry someone not of her choosing.
  • Be stopped from attending important ceremonies including the marriage or burial of her own children.
  • May be left destitute and have to resort to prostitution.
  • Consider committing suicide to end their hardship.