Rachel was imprisoned for murdering her husband. Her husband was very abusive to her, so abusive that she went to her parents' house for protection. Her husband came to her parents' house, came up behind her while she was cleaning the dishes and started to beat her. She had a pounder in her hand (used for pounding yams) and swung it around to defend herself, cracking his skull and resulting in his death.
In Nigeria, a woman and her children are considered property of her husband and when he dies, the children and home become property of his family. The woman rarely gets anything to possess, not even the children.
When Rachel (not her real name) got out of prison, she had no where to go, no way to support herself and no hope of getting her three daughters back. We took her into Grace Gardens where now she has a safe, clean home to live in. She is no longer being abused, she is learning to sew, and we took on the task of getting her children back. It was not to be as simple as I thought.