[Dear Friend, On a recent visit to Zambia in southern Africa I saw a little of the human cost]
by Gail Hovey, The Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
In this fundraising letter for The Africa Fund, Research Director Gail Hovey discusses her recent visit to the Nyango camp in Zambia, where 5, 000 Namibian refugees live, and where she experienced SWAPO's commitment to care for its people and to educate and prepare them for an end to years in exile and a new life in an independent Namibia, free from South Africa's illegal military occupation. Nyango is an educational center where children receive primary and secondary schooling and are prepared to further their education on scholarships in Africa, Europe, or the United States. One young man explained how 119 students at his school slipped over the border in groups of two or three, having learned the movement of the patrolling South African troops. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled South Africa and neighboring Namibia for the safety of refugee camps set up by the liberation movements, SWAPO of Namibia and the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa. They come not only seeking a haven from violence and persecution, but a place to acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them to build a new society when freedom is won. The Africa Fund has a consistent record of supporting Namibian and South African refugees. The mailing discusses a day care center for children of South African refugees, Lusaka, Nangolo Ipumbu, medical equipment, women's clothing, boys and young men, women's centers, cultural projects, and irrigation.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).