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HISTORIES OF NAMIBIA
Este libro nos ofrece un retrato de Namibia en 1990, cuando el país ganó la independencia después de 23 años de guerra, y lo hace a través de once historias de vida. Ninguno de los protagonistas, jóvenes que en aquel momento estaban en la treintena, tenía al fin de la guerra posesiones ni trabajo, y habían sobrevivido al hambre, la enfermedad, el miedo y las pérdidas familiares, pero su energía y determinación les permitió madurar y progresar, tanto a nivel personal como profesional. Once ejemplos que reflejan el sufrimiento y el esfuerzo de toda una generación que tuvo que construirse a sí misma.
When Namibia gained its independence in 1990 after 23 years of war, most of the eleven Namibians whose life histories make up this book were in their mid-thirties. To that point their whole adult lives had been lived in the struggle, more than half of them in exile. Few of them owned anything. None held prominent jobs. Most had endured hardship, hunger, sickness and fear, and witnessed terrible cruelty and suffering. All had lost family members or friends. Yet their outlook was triumphant and optimistic and their stories are full of enthusiasm, energy, determination and purpose. When you read their stories you are not surprised that they have since become well known in their chosen fields. Yet when they told these stories most of them were not well known. They just happened to be people we came to know and like in the course of our work (Brown as a journalist and development consultant, Leys as a social science researcher) and whom we asked if they would tell us their stories. They tell a story of a country as a whole during those years, a story of how a whole generation matured in the struggle, becoming skilled, disciplined, cosmopolitan and tough.