Namibian San community pleads for food, shelter

2016-02-18 14:17

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Windhoek - A San community living in Omushiyi village in Namibia is calling for help after being left without decent shelter or food, local newspaper New Era reports.

Sadrah Amupolo, headman of the community, made an impassioned plea to government for the provision of tents to shield the residents from rain and storms.

According to Amupolo, lack of rain in the past year had led to a shortage of grass, with which the community build their shelters. This led to community members having to make use of plastic bags and blankets to construct their "homes".

The group also sent out an urgent call for maize and either meat or fish, saying although they were thankful for the supplies that they had, relish was needed to accompany the maize.

Fillemon Shalongo, a resident in the area, claimed that he was no longer allowed in farmers' fields to collect traditional cabbage, something he had been doing since the beginning of the year.

Many reported bouts of hunger, with children even missing school due to a lack of nourishment.

Festus Ikanda, councillor of the Omundanungilo Constituency, lamented the situation, saying drought was a serious concern throughout his constituency. 

The development follows the recent eviction of close to 100 San people from a Namibian farm near Grootfontein.

A previous News24 report revealed that the families were left destitute following their eviction from a farm belonging to Namibia's High Commissioner to Nigeria, Peingondjabi Shipoh.

The group's livestock remain on the farm and will allegedly be auctioned off on February 19.

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