Hopeless, destitute

A lack of national documents is worsening the poverty and suffering of people in the Kavango East Region.

14 June 2019 | Social Issues

A family of five at Kayeura village in the Musese constituency of Kavango East are living amid hopelessness in a makeshift structure made of pieces of a mosquito net, maize meal sacks and plastic bags.

They sleep on the bare ground and every day is a struggle to get food to eat.

Kornelia Sindimba (79) shared how difficult it is for her to care for her three grandchildren and three-week-old great-granddaughter.

Namibian Sun observed the terrible conditions the family faces.

They sleep in a two-metre by two-metre makeshift structure in which there is no bed or anything else, apart from a cloth lying on the ground.

Dogs and chickens move freely into this structure, as one can see the sky from inside, making the rain and cold unbearable.

Sindimba does not benefit from a monthly government pension grant as she is yet to collect for her ID, because she does not have transport money.

“We are suffering, we have no proper place to sleep in, as you can see, there is no food for us to eat and even soap to take a bath,” Sindimba said.

She said in order to survive she used to do odd jobs such as working in mahangu fields and getting a bit of mahangu, which they will use sparingly.

However, due to the current drought situation, Sindimba is finding it even harder to survive, as no one is approaching her to work in their fields.

They now eat porridge once a day at suppertime, as their food has nearly run out.

“We only eat once a day and that is in the evening. We cannot afford to eat twice or else the little mahangu, which was difficult to get, will be finished,” she said.

Sindimba indicated the entire household does not have national documents, which also deprives the children of their government grants, which can improve their livelihood.

Sindimba said she does not have money for transport to collect her ID at Nkurenkuru, which is about 60 kilometres away.

Her ID collection slip is dated February 2018.

“It's been a while since I went to Nkurenkuru to enquire about my ID and if I ask a neighbour for money to get my ID the question is: How will I pay back that loan?” Sindimba asked.

Sindimba said her daughters left their children with her and it has been years since she has seen them. Her grandchildren's fathers don't pay a cent and have also abandoned them.

One of her grandchildren, 18-year-old Renalda Nedimbo, who is the mother of a three-week-old baby girl, said she dropped out of school last year while in grade 5.

When approached for comment, Musese constituency councillor Sakeus Kudumo said he is aware of the situation of people sitting without national documents, something he described as a “disaster”.

He said this is worsening poverty levels in the constituency and the Kavango East Region at large.

“It is a disaster. This is why most of the communities are poor,” Kudumo said.

He said even before Namibia gained its independence, people from Kavango were not interested in getting national documents.

Kudumo said in his spare time he visits communities and transports those without documents to home affairs, where they can acquire about the documents.

KENYA KAMBOWE

Similar News

 

Teen pregnancies 'tragedy'

2 weeks ago - 30 July 2019 | Social Issues

The Khomas Region recorded 89 school pregnancies in the first term of this year, while 1 002 learners fell pregnant between 2015 and 2018.Ombudsman John...

Vulnerable and alone

4 weeks ago - 19 July 2019 | Social Issues

After an initial projection in 2008 that there would be 250 000 orphans and vulnerable children under the age of 15 by 2021, President Hage...

‘Just hunt for another woman’

2 months ago - 12 June 2019 | Social Issues

KENYA KAMBOWE Gender affairs minister Doreen Sioka has urged men to find another partner when their relationships go...

Alcohol linked to high suicide rate

2 months ago - 29 May 2019 | Social Issues

Namibia has once again been fingered as one of the African countries with the highest per capita alcohol consumption, which could also explain its high...

Deadbeat dads

2 months ago - 21 May 2019 | Social Issues

Although Namibian law holds both parents equally responsible for meeting the basic needs of their children, nearly half of households are run by single mothers,...

Confusion over shack baby

3 months ago - 15 May 2019 | Social Issues

The mother of a three-month-old baby girl who the City Police confirmed had died at the end of April after she and her three young...

Blaauw makes a difference

3 months ago - 14 May 2019 | Social Issues

Mariselle Stofberg and Michelline NawatisesTylo Blaauw has raised funds to have an air conditioner installed at an old-age home and also handed over a cheque...

Our grim suicide reality

4 months ago - 04 April 2019 | Social Issues

An estimated 25 000 Namibians attempted suicide in 2015, while 2 331 Namibians died by suicide between 2011 and 2015. The high number of...

No bed, no food, only God's grace

4 months ago - 02 April 2019 | Social Issues

With no bed to sleep on, no food to eat and a mahangu field that is likely to yield no harvest this year, an elderly...

Women should aim for presidency - Geingos

5 months ago - 11 March 2019 | Social Issues

First Lady Monica Geingos has told women that they must aim to become president instead of first lady.Geingos was speaking during an interview with the...

Latest News

Best July in four years

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Economics

Jo-Maré Duddy – July’s food inflation data contain sweet and sour, but mostly sweet ingredients: The overall figure of 3.7% is the mildest so far...

The underexplored gold mine of...

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Business

Aurelia DavidPublic relations (PR) is a function of many facets and PR practitioners are expected to evolve along with the different technologies that they require...

Leading IT innovation

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Business

Mariselle Stofberg Vincent Weyulu is a picture of determination. At 26 years old has proven that age is just a number when you are determined...

Geingob blitzes Baumgartsbrunn

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Government

The Christmas Eve-like excitement of the Baumgartsbrunn community was abruptly cut short yesterday when President Geingob spent minutes with them. The purpose of this...

Facebook post leads to N$100...

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Justice

A public Facebook post criticising the professional conduct of a Mariental doctor is at the centre of a N$100 000 defamation suit filed at the...

New plot saga at Omuthiya

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Government

Omuthiya deputy mayor Hisikiel Nanyeni, who previously served as the town's mayor, is being accused of allocating himself a residential plot at Extension Five in...

Africa Briefs

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Economics

South Africa yesterday announced visa waivers for four countries in a bid to boost tourism amid an economic crisis and falling visitor numbers.Visitors from Qatar,...

An agent fighting against financial...

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Business

Over the last few decades financial crime has increasingly become a concern to financial institutions. It has become widely recognised that the prevalence of economically...

Engineering sparks Kahima

2 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Business

Elizabeth JosephSarah Kahima’s choice of pursuing a degree in electrical engineering has a lot to do with what sparked an interest In her while she...

Load More