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Uganda Lokutu Longora carries a goat to sell at a market in Kotido district of Karamoja region. Bridal customs here often involve giving goats or sheep, which are considered forms of wealth, as part of a bride’s dowry. But if the husband passes away, that can put those assets in danger. Longora inherited his brother’s widow in 2017 through the practice of widow inheritance, which involves giving a widow to the deceased man’s relative to marry. In Uganda’s rural Karamoja region, the practice is sometimes viewed as a way to care for women who have lost their husbands. But it’s also a way to protect a family’s land and wealth. Longora says that his family would have been subjected to ridicule and the sheep and goats lost if the widow was re-married to a man outside of the family. He was 17 at the time. “The woman I inherited hadn’t had a child, yet my family had paid 20 cows as dowry,” Longora said through Ataa Jesca Ruth of Nakere Rural Women Activist who translated the interview from Ngakarimajong. “It only makes sense that I married her. And I was happy to inherit her, although she was a few years older than me.”