It is often said that Namibia is a country with lots of violence. It is a country with a high rate of petty crime such as theft.
Although a lot has been said lately about HIV/AIDS, STIs and unwanted pregnancies, we often feel that we fail to address the real issue.
Namibia has changed a lot over recent years, not only politically, but also in its demographics (the structure and characteristics of society). While there are still a lot of people living in rural areas, especially in the north of the country, we observe that more and more people have moved towards towns and cities, either for education or for employment. Many changes come about when people move to towns. One of them relates to their diets.
It is a well-known fact that there are many children in Namibia who have lost one or both parents. Such children are called orphans. It is difficult to know the exact number of orphans in Namibia. We can only know the number of orphans who have registered with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Child Welfare. At the beginning of 2009, over 82 000 orphans were registered. However, many believe this number is an under-estimation.