Photo - Boaz Reisel
When Susan was 31 years old, she was arrested after her co-wife died. (Polygamy is common in some parts of Sierra Leone.) She was pregnant at the time.
Susan received legal advice and support from AdvocAid’s paralegal and our AdvocAid appointed lawyer provided her with legal representation at the Magistrates Court and High Court. Susan gave birth to a baby girl while detained at the Freetown Correctional Center. AdvocAid's social worker supported her with food, clothes and other items for the baby.
In February 2022, AdvocAid's lawyer made a no case submission at Court and Susan was discharged due to want of prosecution.
Susan is currently living with her daughter and family members and taking steps to rebuild her life after this challenging experience.
The women we work with often have complicated realities. Court cases can take time, several years even, to progress. AdvocAid tries to make sure we support a woman, and her children, throughout this process and enable her to access justice.
On behalf of the women and girls we work with, thank you for your continued support for AdvocAid. Each and every donor, however big or small their contribution might be, helps us provide women and girls with legal empowerment services.