Widowhood in Africa

While Bereavement is a social fact in any culture, the reactions and practices relating to this vary from culture to culture. Widows constitute a large proportion of the adult female population in African communities (Wafula, 2014) Ideally, widows were inherited by a close relative of the deceased and taken care of together with her children This has changed due to economic and other reasons.

The ordeal of widowhood in Kenya

Loss of property (Wafula, 2014) Forced inheritance (Agot, et al. 2010) Economic deprivation Total loss of voice Stigmatization Sickness

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