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tv   Faith Matters - Vaccines for Africa - Namibia in the Pandemic  Deutsche Welle  February 9, 2022 6:30pm-7:01pm CET

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we've got some hot tips for your bucket list ah magic corner track hotspot for food, chair and some great cultural memorials to boot d w. travel off we go. ah, ah, ah namibia once a popular tourist destination, but the country is suffering under covert. mass vaccination appears to be the answer. oh, i put both there. the african asa necka, one was just beginning in may and yet next door was in july. and now i went to and got his people to go for the resume go 40. again, i don't want to lose so many people. i don't want to see them die. i want them to
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live. it may have been up to the inequities in vaccine distribution, a taxing the relationship between germany and the media. that's why you haven't hamish, they don't always have what we have here and is often they lack the important thing that would help us all get to the panoramic. they don't have them and i feel very privileged here yet. ah. ringback ah, ah ah, the albert einstein high school in berlin is twinned with the hog again. bowl of high school in the namibian capital vint, hook that and found the 1000000 students were supposed to now be in berlin on exchange. but the coven demick forced them to cancel the virtual meetings,
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and words of encouragement are all that's left will issue. unfortunately, 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 cared for a medically to lie to how many people help you here, you know, and study so much in namibia in wind hill countertop at our partner school. this is sometimes missing. thank you so much. they don't have adequate medical care. i'll cite them. it is, you know, she has all complexity of eyes travel, wasn't possible in 2020. the namibian group was supposed to visit us in berlin when it became possible again of if we had high hopes until recently. and now everything is crash, doggie, i. rachel meetings can bring us closer, but they know substitute for a real meeting, kind of under one shall feel. hug,
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going bob high 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 interaction or led to because no money though it would build come here. oh ah, la nozzles, go of it with their teachers and then the incorrect they stay with one another just
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to lend culture 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 and, and did you, oh, did you feel sometimes oh, i understand. well it goes you can ask the teacher about meetings will not recently do i am the local so it's all i've explained you just had to be an employee. this name oh, the name byron, and i'm just coming to school with my wife anything ah,
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a 15 year old circa leaves very close to the school with her mother and, and 2 sisters. but sick as seldom has the place to herself. i hate to stay at home was 6 months. that's how long the lug down was. and with 5 people, i get basically for home schooling 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 my class. oh, sometimes named in a door like low down and they knew like just have to wait until it works again.
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silica has her own room, which is not very common in cut a tura, it's vince hooks, poorest district. her family had to scrape together money for online classes. some day. my sister or mother will sacrifice and give me money for the day because i mean it's schoolwork. it's supposed to be 1st. so there was sacrifice, even though i need to buy, like, you know, a t shirt may be though sacrifice it for me and give me the money to buy data. so you'll need an day day, you'll need a smartphone. you will need a like quiet glaze that that may be everyone can get in, but mostly date they like every week because it only last for 7 days. and mm hm. for much is it, it's $60.00 per month. yeah. $60.00 bill week. ah, that's the equivalent of 3 euros 60 for remote lessons. this may not seem much to germans, but it's beyond the reach of many namibian emanuel, who, like soccer,
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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 hut with his sister. ah yes i am. okay. it doesn't matter because it offended nice. thank him. i, marsha, as i don't bed was like my, let me explain this, why study terms. you my rooms a marginal morgan and this is my hands off with our bounce back. the now move they made the site and out of state yet i woke sandwich special and that unless i am one of the vin
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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 launch 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 they're active roster. lorenzo could said she k administered in germany for a number of years. and this year in your and tongue, if he's now been pastor in, cut a tura for about a decade. noble. know,
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some of my application. i'm and the members of his parish were particularly hon. hit by the severe coven wave that struck namibia in 2021. 0, that's good. how may you know july of boost swenson swenson from the end of may through june, july and august to 2021. we buried somebody every day. buys veggies ready from home? it was really hard for me to stay. we held a memorial service on september 25th for all the people we buried. yep. oh good fear. there were about 82 names. 100 leave. yeah. it makes a site. there were funerals. every day when doc, this wanda abby, that they had to move up 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 job. as a pastor, i do speak to my colleagues to go and be vaccinated me myself and go fully
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vaccinated. and i'm really living when and i don't have any problems. as mentioned in my vaccination. wow. what the, i asked him as a 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 relaxing 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 hobbin i finished it. however, most of those that are being administered ah, 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 the scattered population of 2 and a half 1000000 people. reaching every one for vaccination is not easy. the world health organizations kovacs program is helping rich countries of being asked to donate the vaccine, which the w. h. o, then distributes amongst the most remote areas of africa. that includes dreamy up, says some 300 kilometers from vint hook. but the w h chose representative in
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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. yeah, hang on, for instance, traveled 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 breaks when only without they are they campaign. let me say an average k i b,
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we lisa had he bought over 2 weeks. if me love to come back again with electro 100 avenue funding. are people that think it always and if you like me in the end some 1200 people in dream yield says we're 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 their me. but most importantly, is there enough vaccine available? ah, maybe the provincial capital go, bob is, has the only hospital with full medical can, but it's inadequate for
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a population of 70000 all to making because of h i v aids namibian zer, experienced with infectious diseases where we had the government pharmacist walks us through his vaccine storage in that office and so of if, if this thought, oh, where we are giving it all over. busy at the moment when he follow 4 boxes, which is awful missionary, now that again is angular. see no phone. let's see that they made them phases and jasmine barrow available. yeah. this both ways info. you know, phone with that on the one of those is dependent full is when it's either right now we have to the end of it as was in
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town with live around like i was in. it's a lot, but not nearly enough. so the arrival of a plane in july 2021 with donations from germany, is eagerly awaited the congo of mosques protective suits ventilate, is in vaccine doses. east desperately needed so far we received about a 150000 i o. i shot that car from the german government and we believed that may be all would become in the german health ministry, pledged more than 30000000 vaccine doses by christmas 2021 to the world health organizations kovacs program. we
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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 supply is 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. the, 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, she were own go a provincial town, some 250 kilometers north of vint. hook, the silent parish girls club is doing a corona demonstration monster handwashing,
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testing the 14 to 18 year old girls say no one should be afraid of being vaccinated. with my mom. he tango, i see. story is tragic, but not uncommon in the media. her mother died of cove at 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 the whole family into crisis. a 18 year old kid tango now takes care of her 3
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siblings. she earns what money she can buy, making clothes, which she sells in the neighbourhood. also, my own, hey, business day, i'm a wife. maybe a know i know me so what happens like that she be a thank you and she may be something else in the state that oh oh yeah, yeah, we are yet to change the whole i myself. i change it and it, wow, one of them, i know these are the he is a daughter of one of the members. no one there that these girls club with me must had mean me, her cell rest in peace. so we also, the 2 of us went to germany through as
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a teacher by profession that she lost her life or this year due to cove it. so now they are siblings are for was their father. now in our girls club, i think the afford to 5 girls that close their parents. yet you took of it. and then most of them are staying with the current parents. if we, if 3 calls from the kept, it also was the remaining only was the grand remaining yadda. the grandmother of it was a basket assembly. so our girls are really affected by his coveting. we are still trying to yard them to stay home. today, the girls club is hosting 3 visitors from partner parishes in vessel in germany through a valley. the pandemic has made visits like this one extremely rare. the girls club is an offshoot of this is me, a lutheran women's project partnerships between lutheran parishes in germany and namibia have existed for almost 40 years. ah,
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the stories of grief and bereavement are remarkably similar in both countries. ah, ah, feler, compensate me for up. she didn't want, many of them weren't able to say good bye. this last close relatives and are still severely traumatized, couldn't but keep it to themselves. question, they can't talk about it right now. and they will certainly be a lot they'll have to work through in the future to yet not my rule, common viet. a dad in shows 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 coven variant has been identified. omicron a, we back to square one. ah,
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be faithful. my sons come comes out. you really wanna be faithful. my door does come comes off. will it be wonderful? yeah, that the lord your god will hold you in his holy hand. young namibian 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 of in a sort of them. and now i'll be bill the messages that was sent around was leg don't, did this mitigation. you will die after 3 months. don't dig this, but it is in the title or there was to, well,
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are busy. i attribute our ass away from the blood net that they want to take over our country. and it was 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 nickina. this is where the children live are taken care of. they go to school, get 4 meals a day, and can do their homework. it's 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 where they don't get regular meals. so it's typical for families of 6 or 7 people to live
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on one person's income with fish. and if that's gone, the biggest problem becomes 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 o t u r. on 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, an elderly woman lives in this corrugated iron heart with her 2 daughters and their children. her husband has died from the children's father's leave elsewhere has
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another one right to have it. the grandmother calls all 6 grandchildren together. she sees it as her responsibility to take care of them all over it with his co, who happy as in sam county, i got them 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 low, nancy dieter, he has big 5 years. vic sees only getting 800, and that's way they knew 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 verify the fear such family going through a difficult time in either this corona,
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for god's grief of every 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 is 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 the vaccines. and if there is enough vaccination thing, i think that will be helpful. olva funerals continue. the numbers of infected are falling significantly. some experts say oma crohn leads to less severe illness and men, he may have been unknowingly infected. they'll count is recovered in early february,
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but vaccinations still provide the best protection. ah, ah, ah, ah, with
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