Irene’s story: through adversity to strength
Irene is a 42-year-old widow, who for years was subjected to the most extreme forms of physical and emotional abuse imaginable at the hands of her husband. One day he became so violent towards Irene that he beat her to unconsciousness and set fire to all her belongings. “Afterwards I could not walk with the pain,” she says.
The police refused to arrest him without being paid. But Irene had absolutely nothing left – not even a change of clothes for her children.
Irene heard about ActionAid’s shelter in Amuru, Uganda. Our staff took her in, making sure her wounds were treated and supporting her with counselling and legal advice. Despite her extremity of what Irene was put through, her story is one of hope: with the support of ActionAid, her husband was arrested and sentenced to jail.
Irene is safe now, thanks to the generosity of ActionAid supporters who are funding our vital work. help. She bravely wanted to share her story and said:
“I want other women to know that there is help for them too.”