Sleep eluded Sabela. Every time the 48-year-old widow almost drifted off, the cold wind sliced through her home, rousing her. She couldn’t afford warm clothing or a blanket, and her relatives certainly wouldn’t help her. No matter how many articles of old, threadbare clothing she put on, they proved insufficient to stave off winter’s frigid air.
The Struggle of a Lonely Widow
Sabela was one of the 19 million widows in South Asia living in extreme poverty. She lived by herself on a small plot of land, which she tilled to grow crops to sell and eat. Sabela’s relatives refused to help her after her husband’s death, scorning her for being a widow—and a believer. She was left to fend for herself—a tragic byproduct of widowhood in South Asia.
Barely able to make enough money to buy food, Sabela could not spend her money on items like warm clothing. The cold winds brought to her doorstep threats of sickness and pain, and all Sabela could do was brave them as best she could.
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