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tv   Faith Matters - Vaccines for Africa - Namibia in the Pandemic  Deutsche Welle  February 6, 2022 3:30pm-4:01pm CET

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kingdom relatives in 45 minutes on d. w. ah, what secrets lie behind these walls? discover new adventures in 360 degrees. and explore fascinating world heritage sites. d w world heritage 360. get the out now. ah . ah namibia. once a popular tourist destination, but the country is suffering under covert. mass vaccination appears to be the answer. oh, both there, the africa, seneca one was off, begin in may and the next door was in july. and now i went to and got his people to
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go for it. we threw both what he missed again. oh, i don't want to lose so many people. i don't want to see them die. i want them to live near inequities in vaccine distribution, a taxing the relationship between germany and the media. that's why you haven't, i'm remish, they don't always have what we have here and these are often they lack the important thing i've had with health i saw get through the panoramic. they don't have them, and i feel very privileged healing and yet, ah, ah, the alba dine stein high school in berlin is twinned with the hog again. bowl of high school in the namibian capital vint hook. namibian students were supposed to
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now be in berlin on exchange. but the coven pandemic forced them to cancel virtual meetings and words of encouragement are all that's left will show on such only although it has been very, very difficult over the past few months with school, with free time, with all the things that you couldn't do about us, we can now see how quickly it's progressing, how quickly you can get vaccinated if you know how well you're cared for, a medically aligned to how many people help you here, you know, and stuff is so much in the media. in winter comes up at our partner school dar. this is sometimes missing. thank he's much, they don't have adequate medical care. i'll cite an emergency. know she has all complexity. our eyes travel wasn't possible in 2020. the namibian group was supposed to visit us in berlin when it became possible again, hung up if we had high hopes until recently. and now everything has crash, doggie,
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i ritual meetings can bring us closer, but there are no substitute for a real meeting. candace and on shall feel. hug again. bob hi is a prestigious institution and one of the largest schools in namibia. it students have an exchange program with its german partner school, which includes regular visits between vint, hook and berlin. but the trips have been cancelled for almost 2 years due to the pandemic. ah, even face to face learning is in jeopardy. southern africa has been overwhelmed by the new omicron variant. the latest student exchange trip has also been canceled. unfortunate. the educational value of twisting schools is precisely this personal experience of a foreign culture that physical, that action or lead to because no money though it would to come here. oh,
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our learners will go there with their teachers and then the incorrect they stay with one another just to lend couch and all these. but this was not was disrupted. the schools have been twinned for more than 12 years. and the african partner students were to be on a flight to germany. instead, they've been locked down for months, remote learning. so oh, only and how did you feel? sometimes oh, i understand. well, it goes, you can ask the teacher about meetings will not what reason me do i am the worker. so it's all i've explained you just had been n unplugged it ah, well the meaning byron, i am just coming to school. this is lead time. somebody was
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anything ah, a 15 year old circa leaves very close to the school with her mother and, and 2 sisters. but zuka seldom has the place to herself. i hate to stay at home was 6 months. that's how long been locked down was end with 5 people give basically 4 homeschooling out. come tomato, men do my work like far from the tv or just on my bed doing my leg. sometimes it would switch off in the middle of like class or sometimes named in
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a door i could low down and then you like just have to wait and delete works again . soccer has her own room, which is not very common in cut to tura. it's been hooked, poorest district. her family had to scrape together money for online classes. some day. my sister or mother would sacrifice and give me money for the day because i mean it's schoolwork it, sir. this is so it is sacrifice, even though i need to buy, like, you know, a t shirt may be, they'll sacrifice it for me and give me the money to buy data. so you'll need and date there. you'll need a smartphone. you will need a like quiet place that that may be everyone can get in bed mostly date they like every week because it only last for 7 days. and mm hm. how much is it? it's $60.00 per month. yeah. $60.00 per week. ah, that's the equivalent of 3 euros 60 for remote lessons. this may not seem much to
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germans, but it's beyond the reach of many num. libyans. emmanuel, who like soccer, should be visiting berlin now, also lives in cut a tura, but on the outskirts he has a half hour walk to school. he shares a room in this corrugated iron hunt with his sister. ah yes, i am. okay. so like i said to family, nice. thank my marsha. as i don't, there was like my linux business. why study come to my rooms, a marshal mocking and this is my hands off with our bounce back the you know, move. they made these sites and out of state. yeah,
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i've both sandwich freshman with on last friday. one of vint hooks lodge symmetries lines. just a few kilometers outside the city. it's saturday, the day funerals are traditionally held in many african countries. and oh, we filmed off to large gatherings of moon is an important part of namibian culture . we're again being allowed. every one attends the extended family friends of the deceased. all the neighbors looked down regulations here was similar to those in europe and almost everywhere else. even singing was forbidden and passed as often stood at the grave with just 5 or 6 close relatives. rosa that to know that the roster lorenzo could said she k administered in germany for a number of years. and this year, in your end, hung up, he's now been pastor in,
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cut a tura for about a decade. no, no, no, we're yep. okay. i'm and the members of his parish were particularly hunt hit by the severe coven, waive that struck namibia in 2021. 0, that's good. how may you know? july of boost sweats. his eyes went from the end of may through june, july and august 2021. we buried somebody every day lies vaguely shred it. it was really hard for me that we held a memorial service on september 25th for all the people we buried. yep. oh good year. there were about 82 names. 100 leave. yeah. index aside there were funerals every day or sunday. i was at the ed group hopped by october 2021 less than 5 percent of the namibian population had been vaccinated. there was not enough vaccine to go around. besides, many people were afraid of the jab. there's
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a pastor, i do speak to my colleagues to go and be vaccinated me myself as fully vaccinated and i'm really living well and i don't have any problems, especially my vaccination. wow. was the m as far as the nigger and i did it to sure . there was no, no problem at all. so i think that's a nation can be done. but we have to scroll all the media publications that i really dimming and but any problems or people of the b, that's a little wild conspiracy. theories about cove it and the vaccines have also impacted namibia. summer begins here in november. the pandemic had eased a little, and professional soccer matches restarted, even spectators were allowed. nobody could know that the oma crone variant was already on the march, and the vaccination rate was disturbingly low. we
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have a lot of boxes being produce, as you know, over 6000000000 doses have been i finished it. however, most of those that are be finished and in the rich countries and most of the poor countries, and particularly in the african region, have less than 5 percent of the populations who have received the vaccine. namibia has a land mass, almost twice the size of germany, with a scattered population of 2 and a half 1000000 people. reaching every one for vaccination is not easy. the world health organization's kovacs program is helping rich countries a being asked to donate the vaccine, which the w. h. o then distributes amongst the most remote areas of africa. that
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includes dreamy ups us some 300 kilometers from vint hook. but the w h chose representative in namibia discovered that the vaccination campaign was getting off to a slow start. people in this remote region had not been properly informed by 10 in the morning. just 7 people had turned up to be vaccinated in goodness, yet hang on, for instance, travelled more than 45 kilometers from the farm where she works. her boss, a white farmer, sent her to be vaccinated. in glenitia receives sino farm, the chinese vaccine. it has not yet been approved in germany. the former village school is the vaccination center for the next 2 weeks. the longer the center is open, the more people turn up for a job. average weight without ah, the campaign,
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let me say an average fame. add p, we need to add that he bought over 2 weeks. if me waft that again. manase electro 100. the average is for an apple that think it always and it might in the end some 1200 people in dreamy of this was vaccinated at least 400 of those receive a 2nd job. oh, the others have to find a vaccination center in the next few weeks to receive their 2nd dose. then they have to figure out how to get there. but most importantly, is there enough vaccine available? ah, maybe the provincial capital go above is,
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has the only hospital with full medical can, but it's inadequate for a population of 70000 all to making because of h i v aids namibian zer, experienced with infectious diseases where we are the government pharmacist walks us through his vaccine storage in that office and so of if, if his thought, oh, where we are giving it all of our. busy lessons at the moment we are in full full but which is also missionary. now that again, is that angular. see no phone. let's see that they make them phases and get them engaged. the whole available. yeah. as long as the info, you know, phone with that on the one of those is dependent full is
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leonard flavor. right. so we have level to the end of the resilient brown live live around like those in it's a lot but not nearly enough. so the arrival of a plane in july 2021 with donations from gemini, is eagerly awaited the congo of mosques protective suits ventilate. as in vaccine doses east desperately needed so far, we received about a 150000 of us that come from the german government. and we believe that maybe more will become in the german health ministry. pledged more than 30000000 vaccine doses by christmas 2021 to the world health organizations kofax program.
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we cannot see that the the promise that has been made is been fully implemented here. because otherwise, we would not have the challenge of supplies. so some place, a major issue and the, the need to provide enough vaccines for everyone, because we need to understand that unless everyone is protected, nobody else. oh, the lutheran church is one of the most active groups promoting coven vaccination in namibia. and its voice carries a lot of weight. the churches efforts can be seen in ot, whereon go a provincial town some 250 kilometers north of vint. hook,
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the silent parish girls club is doing a corona demonstration monster handwashing, testing the 14 to 18 year old girls say no one should be afraid of being vaccinated. ah he tango, i see. story is tragic, but not uncommon. in the movie of her mother died of coven 19 in may. last year. she had wanted to be vaccinated, but there was little chance at the time. the girl struggles to tell her painful story, but it's important for the audience to hear it. her mother's death to covered through
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the whole family into crisis. a 18 year old kid tango now takes care of her 3 siblings. she earns what money she can buy, making clothes, which she sells in the neighborhood. also, oh hey, mrs. i y a y b e n o n. i know me. so what happens is like that you say b a. thank you. and she may be something else in the state that i know that a lot young we are yes to change. so i ask myself, if i can change it and that's my old one. and my mom and he is your daughter of one of the members. no one there that this goes glad with me
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must had mean me herself in peace. so we also, the 2 of us went to germany through as a teacher by profession that she lost her life. this here to you to cove it. so now they are siblings or for was their father. now in our girls club i think the afford to 5 girls that glossed their parents. yeah. to duke of it. and then most of them are staying with the kind parents, if we, if 3 goes from the club, it also was the remaining only was the grand remaining elder, the grandmother, it also bassett assembly. so our goals are really affected by discovering we are still trying to yard them. who's them? ah, to day the girls club is hosting 3 visitors from partner parishes in vessel in germany's rule valley. the pandemic has made visits like this one extremely rare. the girls club is an offshoot of this is made a lutheran women's project partnerships between lutheran parishes in germany and
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namibia have existed for almost 40 years. ah, the stories of grief and bereavement are remarkably similar in both countries. ah, ah fiedler composition, which for up she didn't want. many of them weren't able to say good bye. these last close relatives and are still severely traumatized currently, but keep it to themselves, pressure. they can't talk about it right now, and they'll certainly be a lot. they'll have to work through on the few charity. it's not my whole home in viet a dad in shoals. his son is properly dressed for his confirmation. more than 60 young people, a jew to be confirmed to day. but then the alarming news emerges from south africa anew. apparently even more infectious, cova variant has been identified. omicron,
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are we back to square one? ah, be faithful. my sons come comes out. you really wanna be faithful. my door does come comes out. will it be wonderful? yeah, that the lord your god will hold you in his holy hand. young me be ins like teenagers everywhere, are enthusiastic uses of social media. pastor john is afraid they'll be hoodwinked by conspiracy theories circulating on the internet and be discouraged from getting vaccinated. he's cutting to mercy on the social media on what's up on facebook was huge. it was big in italy, it is many bill was in a sort of them. and now i'll be bill the messages that were sent around was leg don't, did this mitigation. you will die after 3 months. don't dig this,
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but it is in the tell is, or there was to, well, are busy. i attribute our ass away from the blood net. they want to take a while, a candy in it is only discouraging message. and that's why the people away in fear . again, there are parallels to the situation in germany. but in the parish hostile, a kind of boarding school where children can stay when their families live on farms far away from the schools. the german visitors encounter a chilling consequence of the pandemic that german children don't have to face hunger. the king, this is where the children live are taken care of. they go to school will get 4 meals a day and can do their homework of no man that's their normal life. and i thought that everything has collapsed due to corona, the hostels were closed. like and even now not all children can be taken back night because physical distance has to be observed. so many children are at home when
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they don't get regular meals. so it's typical for families of 6 or 7 people to live on one person's income with fish. and if that's gone, the biggest problem that comes hunger. if the children go to school, they get something to eat there. the question of whether they should also get vaccinated seems of secondary importance right now. a group from the girls club tries to tackle the hunger problem in the slums of virtue our own go. when they get donations, they buy food in bulk. then the young women distributed, providing a few dozen families with the essentials. some of the donations come from germany. rep an elderly woman lives in these corrugated iron hot with her 2 daughters and their children. her husband has died. the children's father's leave
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elsewhere hasn't been riding on the grandmother calls all 6 grand children together . she sees it as her responsibility to take care of them, all of it with his co who happy as his am county. i don't deal with like a know people a daughter explains that the family has only $800.00 namibian dollars a month to live on about $48.00 euro. the pension money is $1300.00. but because of the london c, d t and d as big 5 years, vic, she's only getting 800, and that's the way they do their living. this was always my dream to come and help all kinds of people. and finally, i'm doing it for the 1st time, and it's very, i'm very happy to be doing this to be helping out people all the way i can
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very face to face such family going through a difficult time in i to this corona, for god's grave favorite game and gave a would hope go bless the lutheran church in namibia preaches, but also works to alleviate economic hardship. during the pandemic, it's promoting vaccinations. only about 14 percent of namibia, 2 and a half 1000000 citizens have been vaccinated once there is a need for vaccine to reach more people, there are some people who certainly is changing their minds to go for their vaccines. and if there is enough vaccination thing, i think that will be helpful. olva funerals continue, the none of infected are falling significantly. some experts say omicron leads to less severe illness,
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and many may have been unknowingly infected veil count has recovered in early february, but vaccinations still provide the best protection. ah ah ah ah ah ah ah, ah, with
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