Displaced man seeks help to trace family

10 Sep 2014 09:10am
By Charles Tjatindi
GOBABIS, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – A Gobabis pastor who has been caring for an epileptic stranger he rescued from the streets over a year ago, is calling on Good Samaritans to help trace his family.
Shadrach Mbura of the Church for Christ Ministries has been providing basics such as food, shelter and some clothing to the man only identified as 'Hendrik' after observing him living off the streets for months.
Apart from being epileptic, Hendrik is also not of sound mind, and as such has not been able to explain where his family is.
The destitute man is estimated to be in his mid-40s, is of slender build and speaks both seTswana and Afrikaans fluently.
“Hendrik sometimes throws the names of his relatives around in conversations with me. I now strongly believe that he is from Kuruman in South Africa, although he may have family members here,” Mbura told Nampa on Wednesday.
The pastor said he was moved by the deplorable state in which the man was living, and decided to take him in.
Being unemployed himself, Mbura said it has been hard caring for Hendrik, but he nonetheless managed to provide him with the basics he needed.
“The man was basically living off the streets. He was sleeping rough, and roamed the streets the whole day. Due to his state of mind, he was often attacked, and his donated food taken away.
I observed this for some time, and was moved by how he lived. My instinct was to take him in,” the cleric explained.
According to him, Hendrik’s condition has improved drastically since he came to stay with him.
Mbura thus requested anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hendrik’s relatives to bring it forward.
He also appealed to welfare organisations to come to their rescue, even through the provision of basic necessities such as clothing and food.
“I do everything possible to make sure that we both have something to eat at the end of the day, but it is not easy as neither of us is employed,” he continued.
Mbura lives in the Canaan informal settlement, and as is the norm here, he has no running water, ablution facilities nor electricity.