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How Widows Find Their Path To Healing In Zimbabwe

Sheryl Sandberg's best-seller, Option B, has perspectives on finding resilience and joy after adversity. In other countries there are different obstacles — and different ways to cope.
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Renny Kudakwashe Mukwavaya was 29 when her husband died.

Mukwavaya is still heartbroken, both because she never had the chance to say goodbye — and because of what happened next.

Mukwavaya, who lives in Harare, Zimbabwe, says her husband went missing in January 2014. He was found drowned in a well three days later. Authorities suspected that he committed suicide. Her in-laws did not agree: "His relatives began to accuse me of killing him, saying I had done it to take ownership of the house," she says.

The accusations

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