Our children do not remember us: Struggle kids

09 Jan 2015 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JAN (NAMPA) – The group of 82 “struggle kids” thanked the government for employing some of them over the past few years.
These youth are camping opposite the Okahandja Park informal settlement in the northern outskirts of the capital in efforts to secure employment from the government.
They are part of more than 200 struggle kids who walked to Windhoek in late 2012 from Oshakati and Ondangwa in the north to put pressure on the government to meet their demands for employment and bursaries to study.
They claim that one or both of their parents died during the liberation struggle for Namibia's independence, and now have no one to go to for assistance.
Hamupembe Abraham, spokesperson of the group, told Nampa at the site on Friday that they appreciate the fact that the government heard their voices, adding that they are willing to cooperate with the government.
He said they are willing to take any possible jobs the government and other businesses and institutions offer, because they need the money to be able to take care of themselves.
“We were born in the Swapo party; we never joined and we will never join another political party and we will die in Swapo,” Abraham said.
Titus IIta, another struggling youth, said they have children in the North who are being looked after by family members while they are here searching for employment.
“We are ashamed to go back home because we have nothing to give our children. Some of our children do not remember us as we have been here for too long searching for employment,” he said.
When asked about the projects and job offers that they received from the government in the beginning, they responded by saying projects are mostly temporary.