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.
Widow Disinheritance
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It’s a tribal custom in parts of Kenya that when a man dies, his widow becomes the wife of her brother-in-law. He also gets all her property -- so it stays in the family. The custom also contributes to the spread of HIV-AIDS to the extended family. In the second part of his two-part series on the “widow inheritance,” reporter Richard Lough talks with a widow who refuses to go along with the “widow inheritance” custom. But it often comes at the price.
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