The beautiful people of Namibia's slums

 

Photos and text by Jacob Holdt

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Children in the slums

The children of Namibia's poor are as colorful and open as their parents, but - as you will see in some of my stories - they tend to be neglected and under stimulated. Especially this struck me after my stay with the Himba, who give their children endless love and affection.
 

       
Children of the rainbow Children playing with tires Nursery rhymes Sunset in Ovamboland
Children of
the rainbow
Children playing
with tires
Nursery rhymes Sunset in
Ovamboland
Blue boy with toy Bedtime in the slums Girl carry sister in sunset Girl with her sister
Blue boy with toy Bedtime in the slums Girl carry sister
in sunset
Girl with her sister
Girl in Oshakati Mother playing with her two children Boys on tires in sunset Black girl in a white world
Girl in Oshakati Mother playing with
her two children
Boys on tires
in sunset
Black girl in
a white world
Motherly love Urban child locked in the countryside Grandmothers - Namibia's real mothers Boy in yellow shirt
Motherly love Urban child locked
up in the country
Grandmothers -
Namibia's real mothers
Boy in yellow shirt
Bedtime in a Katutura shack Children with white dolls Girl in front of her pink shack My Donna
Bedtime in a
Katutura shack
Children with
white dolls
Girl in front of
her pink shack
My Donna
Soon to be orphan Orphan    
Soon to be orphan Orphan    

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