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San communities feel neglected

San communities feel neglected

Maria David
THE San Community in the Ohangwena Region continues to feel excluded amongst other tribes in the country.
These sentiments were revealed by Queen David, one of the marginalized San youth during the Presidential town hall meeting held at Eenhana on Wednesday, saying that they feel neglected by government.
According to her, members of the San Community are forced off their land, while out of school youths have nothing to keep themselves busy with resulting into them engaging into unlawful activities.

Brave: Queen David, a youth from the San Community. – Photo: Maria David

“Almost 80 percent of the San Community in Ohangwena is still living in traditional houses. Houses made out of plastic bags, mosquito nets and mud,” said David, adding that this condition exposes them to bad weather and snake bites.
She express dismay over the matter, saying there is no privacy in the small houses were they live in, as one room can accommodate up to seven inhabitants.
Furthermore, David requested government to provide a craft center where they will be able to showcase their talents, in order to keep themselves busy.
“We out of school youth are bored at home, we need projects to keep ourselves busy. This will therefore prevent the youth from the San community to participate in illegal activities such as robbery, rape, drugs and alcohol abuse,” she said.
David than called on President Hage Geingob to hear the cries of the San Community, to come to their rescue and to offer a helping hand.

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