"Struggle kids" back on the streets of WHK, begging

09 Jan 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JAN (NAMPA) – Some “children of the liberation struggle” have gone back to their begging ways on busy intersections of the capital.
These youths are part of a group of about 100 “struggle kids” who were in 2013 stopped by the Namibian Police from setting up an illegal squatter camp in the vicinity of the Swapo-Party headquarters in Katutura.
Most of them also spent a few days in jail for trespassing and obstructing the administration of justice. All of them are now out on bail.
Since then they have been begging on and off for hand-outs from Good Samaritans.
About 10 of them were seen pleading with motorists and other people for money at the corner of Independence Avenue and Hosea Kutako Drive between 10h00 and 12h00.
Another group of about five struggle kids were doing the same at the corner of Hans Dietrisch Geinscher and Independence Avenue, just a few metres from the Swapo-Party head office.
“We are again back on the streets of Windhoek - begging as we did last year in order to be able to buy foodstuffs and toiletries for ourselves. We are still appealing to the general public, government and private companies for any kind of assistance.
We also need tents during this rainy season,” said a group of struggle kids, who asked Nampa not to reveal their names.
It is not long ago that some had abandoned jobs offered to them by the government on various state-run projects for reasons only known to them.
The ruling party seems to have taken a stance that the struggle kids have no case, since all Namibian youth need jobs and other opportunities in the wake of the high unemployment rate, drought, high standards of living, and abject poverty affecting the majority of the citizenry.
The children of the struggle are currently residing in Hereford Street, on the northern periphery of the capital. The camp now boasts about 300 tents.
Most of these ‘struggle kids’ are themselves mothers and fathers.