Nikanor urges war veterans to write their own stories

16 Aug 2015 09:20am
OTJIWARONGO, 16 AUG (NAMPA) – Veterans' Affairs Deputy Minister, Hilma Nikanor on Friday called on liberation struggle war veterans in the Otjozondjupa Region to document their own stories without delay.
Nikanor was speaking at an information sharing meeting she held with the war veterans at the Swanevelder Community Hall in Otjiwarongo.
“I am calling on those war veterans who can write, to write down their own stories and contributions towards the national liberation struggle,” she said.
Nikanor said the rich history of the liberation struggle war veterans must not go unrecorded.
She said her ministry is determined to know the genuine and true history of each and every individual who participated in the liberation struggle of Namibia, mostly from 1959 to 1990.
She said in March 2015, her ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Namibia (Unam) to record and write down the contributions of all Namibians who freed the country from the yoke of colonialism.
“We know that the struggle to free Namibia from colonial occupation started long ago, but for now we are looking at the liberation struggle activities that occurred from 1959 to 1990,” she said.
The memorandum of understanding signed between Unam and the Ministry of Veterans' Affairs will focus on the sacrifices of those individual Namibians who contributed politically, militarily or by any other sacrifices deemed fit to be recorded and stored in the library of the ministry.
She said there should be no history of any national war veteran that should go to the grave with its owner, unrecorded for future generations.
Nikanor said Unam will record the histories of these war veterans in phases.
A total of 29 642 applications for war veteran status have been approved by the ministry.
Nikanor was accompanied by the Deputy Director of Regional Co-ordination Thaddeus Erango; Deputy Director for Veterans’ Social Affairs Penofina Eises; and the ministry’s spokesperson, Edson Haufiku at the meeting.