Namibian delegation to depart for Algeria on Wed

04 Dec 2013 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) – A Namibian delegation consisting of 38 men and women are departing for Algeria on Wednesday to hand over humanitarian aid to women and children living in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps in Tindouf.
These refugees remain dependent on international assistance.
The delegation consists of Swapo-Party Women’s Council (SPWC) Secretary Petrina Haingura; the Pan-African Women’s Organisation: Southern Africa Regional Office (PAWO-SARO) Executive Secretary Mildred Jantjies (head of delegation); as well as National Council (NC) vice-chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams.
Also part of the delegation is the Governor of the Hardap Region, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa; National Council Chief Whip Bernard Sibalatani; as well as some SPWC members.
The delegation will participate in a conference at the Sahrawi Refugee Camps from 06 December to 09 December 2013.
The conference will be held under the theme “The Role of Women in the Struggle Movements for Liberation and Freedom”.
During the conference, delegates will outline programmes and work out initiatives to promote human rights and the right to self-determination for all people of the world.
The visit will additionally include an international women’s march against the “Wall of Shame”.
This military wall, the longest-ever built in the history of humanity, was constructed in the Western Sahara by the Moroccan forces of occupation to divide the territory and separate families.
During the conference, Sibalatani is expected to hand over the humanitarian aid consisting of items such as blankets, clothes and canned food, and also deliver a speech on Namibia’s commitment to POLISARIO’s struggle for independence.
POLISARIO is a Sahrawi rebel national liberation movement working towards ending Moroccan occupation of the Western Sahara.
The delegation is expected to return to Namibia on 11 December 2013.