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life after loss 103 on her family property. “I only loved one man,” she shouted in Luganda, her voice rising like a preacher’s, and the Honoured Widows cheered. “I said to my husband’s clan, ‘How would you give me to another man? I didn’t get married to a whole clan.’ ” Three months later Toensing and I got the news: The man who attacked Tumushabe had been convicted of “assault occasioning actual bodily harm” and was commencing his yearlong sentence in jail. Tumushabe and the lawyers were exultant. But his siblings were furious, and the lead investigator was worried about the widow and her children. “ We have beefed up security for her,” he said. “And we have looked into going to the community, to sensitize them. She’s isolated where she lives. But she is tough and strong.” j UGANDA Joseph Ssenkima (at center), accused of terrorizing a Mukono District widow named Betty Nanozi, is believed to be one of more than 70 people who destroyed her crops and threatened her son’s life. Since Nanozi’s husband died, members of his family and their allies have tried to drive her from the home he willed to her. Police working with International Justice Mission pursued suspects for weeks. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting provided a grant to support this story.