New Era (Windhoek)

20 February 2013

Namibia: Governor Assists Fire Victims

Windhoek — The Khomas Regional Governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua has come to the rescue of about ten families who last year lost all their belongings in shack fires that ravaged the Moses //Garoëb Constituency.

McLeod-Katjirua donated ten mattresses and blankets in her response to a letter written to her office by the Moses //Garoëb Constituency Councillor Martin David requesting material assistance.

Hileni Iivula told New Era she appreciated the items donated to them although they still face difficulties in buying material to rebuild their damaged shacks.

"My shack that was made up of corrugated iron and consisted of four rooms caught fire last year December. I do not know what caused the blaze," said Iivula. Iivula said her three children, who are aged 4, 7 and 14 were inside the shack when the fire broke out, but luckily they were rescued by the neighbours.

Another beneficiary Samuel Titus a taxi driver, said he is happy for the assistance even though he is still sleeping at his neighbour' home after his shack caught fire last year August when his cousin left a candle burning while he was fast asleep.

He said he also lost all his belongings in the incident.

Anna Ndhikwa an unemployed beneficiary said she is thankful for the assistance, because she was sleeping on a bare floor but can now sleep on a mattress. She said her shack consisted of five rooms, which she shared with her family.

"Now all five of us are sleeping under one roof that we just constructed recently. Our shack caught fire last year November. The children were playing with the candle then they caused the fire," she said.

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