Recalling a Namibian war heroine who cared for exiled children (37846)

Apr. 3 (GIN) – Namibia’s liberation struggle heroine, who took care of children exiled from Zambia and Angola during the country’s liberation war between 1977 and 1989, passed on in Grootfontein from natural causes. She was 89 years of age.

Meekulu Tresina Mukwaanime Nghimwena, hailed from a small village in the Kavango Region of Namibia. She took in children exiled by the war, and personally put them through a kindergarten school she ran in both Zambia and Angola.

Namibia went through 24 years of insurrection and warfare that left at least 25,000 people dead before attaining its independence on March 20 1990 under the leadership of SWAPO’s Sam Nujoma.

Six of her nine children and several grand and grand great-grand children survive Meekulu Tresina Mukwaanime Nghimwena. Her burial will be April 7 in her home village Mururani after a memorial service Friday to honor her legacy.