Photo Credit: Richard Lough
Betty Tom was forced to flee her dead husband's home after her brother-in-law insist he 'inherit' her. The custom of widow inheritance goes back generations among western Kenya's Luo tribe. This practice was supposed to protect the widow and her children, and keep the deceased husband's property within the family.
Wife Inheritance
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For generations the Luo tribe in western Kenya has practiced a local custom to take care of widows. They call it “widow inheritance.” A widow is expected to act as the wife of her dead husband’s brother. In return he’ll protect her and financially care for her children. But the practice is spreading the HIV virus. Richard Lough reports from the province of Nyanza in the first of a two part series on widowhood.
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