11 Dec 2013 18:10pm
By Sawi Hausiku
ALGERS, 11 DEC (NAMPA) - Hardap Governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa says her region has committed itself towards supporting the Sahrawi people with humanitarian aid, and a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) in this regard will be signed soon.
Hanse-Himarwa was part of about 38 men and women from Namibia who were in Algeria from 06 December to 09 December to hand over humanitarian aid to women and children living in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps in Tindouf.
The donation consisted of amongst others chemicals for ablution systems; blankets; linen; clothing, including baby clothing; canned food and sanitary pads.
She told Nampa here on Monday that her regions commitment towards the cause of the Sahrawi people was made official during the African Conference of Solidarity with the Sahrawian Women, which took place for the first time over the same period, in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps.
The Hardap Governor said her regions assistance would be directed towards more vulnerable people within the five refugee camps in Tindouf.
In society you will not find people at the same level of development, she said, adding that she had discussions with people in authority at the camps to advise if there is a camp which has more vulnerable groups of people.
The Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria are a collection of refugee camps set up in the Tindouf Province from 1975 to 1976 for Sahrawi refugees fleeing from Moroccan forces, who advanced through Western Sahara during the Western Sahara War. With most refugees still living in the camps, the refugee situation is among the most protracted ones worldwide.
The camps are divided into five districts namely Laayoune, Smara, Awserd, Dakhla and Boujadour.
It is still to be decided whether I would invite them to Namibia for the official signing of the MoA, or whether I will come back with my team to Algeria, she informed this agency.
In the meantime, the Hardap leader said she already collected a fair number of different items such as baby clothing, womens and mens clothing as well as food items for donation to the Sahrawi refugees.
Once we are back in Namibia, I will get in touch with the Embassy of the Sahrawi People in Algeria and forward them the items, Hanse-Himarwa promised.
The Namibian delegation also consisted of Swapo-Party Womens Council (SPWC) Secretary Petrina Haingura; the Pan-African Womens 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, National Council Chief Whip Bernard Sibalatani; and some SPWC members.
They all returned home on Wednesday.