Drought forces people to eat donkey meat

07 Jun 2013 04:20
By Olavi Haikera
SAUYEMWA, 07 JUN (NAMPA) ? The ongoing drought situation in the country has led to some Rundu residents eating any tamed animal which comes their way, including those they traditionally ?don?t? eat.
The Kavango Region is said to have the largest food-insecure population of about 80 000 people.
A clear manifestation of the effect of this drought was witnessed when an adult donkey, which was bumped and killed near the Sauyemwa informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu on Wednesday evening, became food for some residents.
A man who identified himself only as ?Kaburu? was seen by this reporter on Thursday skinning the donkey next to the Sauyemwa tarred road, while some residents looked on in disbelief because donkeys are not consumed by the majority of the people from the Kavango Region.
Kaburu told Nampa that the dead donkey could not have come at a better time, as his house is faced with a shortage of food.
Without shying away, the man said since the donkey was too big for him to carry home, he cut off some parts of the donkey to braai on fire and then eat, and the rest he would leave for others.
Kaburu, who is unemployed, said he is yet to get the 12,5kg bag of maize meal from Government as part of the drought relief aid being distributed countrywide to all those affected.
Some affected residents are disappointed that Government is not providing them with relish such as beans or cooking oil to supplement their porridge.
Meanwhile, the registration for comprehensive drought relief aid for inhabitants of the Kavango Region is currently ongoing.
Residents of informal settlements in Rundu and Nkurenkuru, who were previously excluded from receiving food aid because they reside within town boundaries, will now also benefit.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba recently declared a state of emergency, and also called for assistance from the international community.
The government has allocated N.dollars 200 million towards drought relief, including drilling 40 boreholes.
It is estimated that over 300 000 Namibians, including more than 100 000 children under the age of five, are in desperate need of food.