Namibian refugee matriarchs stage sit-in at SADC

Namibian refugees at SADC Head Office in Gaborone. PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Namibian refugees at SADC Head Office in Gaborone. PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

A group of Namibian women who are refugees at Dukwi, yesterday staged a sit-in at the SADC headquarters in Gaborone, demanding the regional group’s intervention in the long simmering territorial dispute in their country.

The group is part of the estimated 1,000 Namibians residing at the Dukwi Refugee Camp, who fled into Botswana following Namibia’s violent suppression of secessionist activities in the Caprivi Strip in 1998/99.

The women, who said they represented other Namibian women in Dukwi and the more than 300 children born there, said they were prepared to sit in at the SADC headquarters for up to two weeks, until their demands for intervention were met.

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