You heard me, You heard my silent cry for help. You came looking for me And then you came to save a crazy old woman in chains And showed the world An ordinary Ovahimba woman Caught in her own silence,
2014: The Year in Review As we started 2015 in fifth gear, it is important for Alzheimer’s Dementia Namibia to look back at 2014 and recognise our achievements and our highlights as well as the pitfalls to learn and look forward to another year of endless surprises and achievements. What we remember: We remember a … Continue reading 2014 : The Year In Review (1)
Kaputu’s History & Her Healing Process The last time that I visited Opuwo, I met Uapindika, Kaputu’s sister. Uapindika told me stories about Kaputu’s childhood that would make good thrillers. Kaputu’s father died when she was still very young and her mother then decided to move to Angola to her family. Kaputu’s grandmother decided that … Continue reading Kaputu’s History
or twenty years; “I want tobacco from Sesfontein” was simply her way of asking (begging) for water and food. Ndjinaa now was way cleverer than I realized. She lead me step by step to tell me that we were all so busy building and moving that we did not offer her or Kaputu any water.
Our reward is to experience moments like this. Seeing Kaputu happy and at home. I am not a photographer, but have realized that a camera is a great investment to capture these unforgettable moments.
I took Ndjinaa there to see her new home. A Ndjinaa that was very different from the one I first met 16 months ago. She is still confused and struggles to talk coherently, but she is alive again.
Even with all my years’ experience in Kaokoland and the African bush, I am shocked. She is led out by hand and if I believed in the living dead, she would be it. She is a skeleton, a zombie that shows no sign of life. No words, no sign of recognition or feeling.
I cannot help but to ask myself whether this is a form of extreme depression of even dementia. Or is she traumatized? What caused her to stop living; to stop speaking?
According to Kapika, Ndjinaa has been called to guard or protect his life by carrying his soul inside her. She has therefor been bewitched so that she cannot harm her own life. He believes that if she dies, he will also die and if he dies first, so will she.
Lovely photos of the Himba - Ndjinaa's People.