Photographer's Note

Whenever you ask how they are, you will hear: "I'm fine!" I have been working there in a soup kitchen for one whole month during my vacations and I have never heard anything else...


Katutura, population 120,000, was an official township for black Namibians since before the apartheid time, until 1989. It is now a suburb of the city of Windhoek.
Most houses are signed with a letter on the door to show the tribal background of the owners (O for Owambo tribe.

Katutura can be considered as a "real African" suburb with street markets and much happening outside. The name means "Place where we do not want to live" in Otjiherero.

In a five-block area 1000 children were found to be in need. Over 510 of these are orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Continuing risk factors of this area are alcohol and drugs in the home, sickness, disabled children, extreme poverty with several people living on one income, over-crowded housing, unemployment, crime, illiteracy, and disease.

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