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This week, we'll hear from people who've overcome all sorts of struggles in their lives: We meet a woman in Australia who was taken from her Aboriginal family decades ago and put in a foster home, a pastor with a criminal past who's helping kids survive in Mexico and women in Tanzania who marry other women to secure their future after their husbands have died. And: attacks on human rights.
Women of the Kurya tribe in Tanzania stand to lose everything when their husbands die and there is no male offspring. In order to secure their livelihood, they often team up with another - younger - woman who's tasked with providing the desired male heir. That tradition has existed for generations, as Monika Rebala reports.