28 January 2013

Namibia: Struggle Kids 'Hungry and Thirsty'

Photo: IRIN
File photo of street children in Zambia.

THE 370 'children of the liberation struggle' who started marching to Windhoek from Outapi last week claim they are going hungry and thirsty.

One of them, Olivia Elia, who is nine months pregnant, gave up the march and went to Oshakati State Hospital where she was waiting to deliver yesterday.

A baby became ill after it developed pressure sores from being carried on its mother's back for too long and was also taken to the Oshakati State Hospital for treatment.

One of the spokespersons for the group, Matilde Ndahafa Amutenya, told The Namibian that they were moving in three groups and the physically fit ones had reached Oshivelo by yesterday afternoon.

"Our food is finished and we are walking long distances without water. We are really braving a very difficult situation, but we are hoping to overcome it one day. We are not going to give up our march whatever it will cost us. We are determined to reach the capital," she said.

They embarked on the march to press their demands for jobs in the public service.

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