Namibia ~ The Unchosen?

The soul of hunger
is a bare tree
beneath a burning sun.
O! God
of Earth and Heaven

bless this aching space.
Feed our little ones;
don’t let the dessert
swallow them up.
Spare us the locust

and that awful virus.
If we cannot escape
the bees
may they bring honey
free from sting.

Life
has brought us
to our knees,
Even as we pray for rain
we thank You for the sun.

 

NEW YORK TIMES AUG. 7, 1986

The United States Agency for International Development, which has set aside $5 million for projects to fight what it believes could potentially be the worst plague of locusts in Africa in 60 years,

Published on 14 Mar 2006

The Namibian, confirmed that members of the community, who live in western Caprivi, had consumed contaminated rice collected from the floor of a food warehouse, said Gabriel Kangowa, deputy director of the Emergency Management Unit (EMU) who conducted the investigation, said the 1,600-member community had received food assistance earlier in the year and were told that the spoilt rice was meant for their chickens and pigs. “But people were hungry and the unemployment rate is very high in the area – they had no choice but to also eat this rice,” he told IRIN.

2012

Two serious droughts have occurred in the past three years – drought this year reduced national crop yields to 46 percent below the sixteen-year average.

2015

Poverty, unemployment and HIV /AIDS remain major factors behind hunger and undernourishment in Namibia.

May 10th, 2019

Namibia has been experiencing a persistently stubborn drought for the past six years, which has killed an unspecified number of livestock across the country, estimated to be worth millions of dollars. The Prime Minister told governors that it was clear that the “livelihoods of the majority of Namibians, especially those that depend on agricultural activities is threatened.”

The Good News Is:

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila  this week announced a N$573 million drought package aimed at helping farmers and families affected by the drought.

Those affected would receive food assistance; water tanks and livestock marketing incentives. Farmers will also be provided with transport subsidy to and from grazing areas, and transport for fodder to the drought affected farmers especially in communal areas.

“This is to be done immediately, so that such support reach our farmers,” she said.

She also announced that the Ministry of Defense will contribute trucks, three per region to be used in the distribution. “Given the extent of the drought, these interventions will require the support of all Namibians, and we must avoid delays and wastages in order to safeguard our people who are affected

 

4 thoughts on “Namibia ~ The Unchosen?

  1. Dear Sarah, heartfelt words from you. I used to live near to Namibia, in the Karoo desert in South Africa. Well, near in African terms. I sit here looking at the rain teaming down outside and know how blessed we are. Hugs Xx

  2. Jane,

    Good morning and many thanks for the visit
    and the comment. You are right…we are
    mightily blessed. I count your friendship among
    my blessings. Hugs to you!

  3. I grew up in Namibia and will never ever ever ever until the day I die not know the value of rain, and what heat really is. I will also know that the only place where there were enough space for all the thoughts in my head were Namibia with its wide open spaces where you could not help but find yourself.

    Thanks for the beautiful poem!

    1. Mary Jane,

      Thank you so very much for taking time to respond to my poem. I am truly honored by your sharing. I am taken by Namibia’s resilience. It humbles me.

      Many blessings to you,
      Sarah

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