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Namibia's 'struggle kids' left devastated after heavy rains

08 December 2015, 12:10

Windhoek – Heavy rains that have fallen in most parts of Namibia over the past days have reportedly left at least 200 "struggle kids" devastated after it destroyed their tents at the Swapo Party headquarters in Windhoek where they are camping.

According to reports, more than 200 "struggle kids" are in Windhoek waiting on government to give them jobs.

These are children of war veterans. They were born during the country's liberation struggle.

New era reported on Tuesday that a 35-year old woman "wept profusely" as she spoke of her misery after the rains left her tent damaged and her "few" belongings soaked.

The woman, Lita Simon, came from the north about four months ago.

After the heavy downpour on Sunday, the "struggle kids" could be seen repairing and improvising with some of the broken materials, the report said.

It was, however, a different story in the central north of the country as the rains brought sighs of relief to the residents, especially farmers who had lost many of their livestock during this year’s "devastating" drought, according to The Namibian.

"We have struggled a lot with inadequate water and fodder for the animals, especially cattle. Many farmers had to spend a lot of money to buy fodder to save their animals," the councillor for Uuvudhiya Constituency, Amutenya Ndaafa was quoted as saying.

The Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta on Monday said the current water scarcity, and recurrent droughts in Namibia were a direct consequence of climate change, New Era said.

- News24


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