Freedom Without Being Actually Free In America

Surely, positive events just like the calamity of the September 11 occasions make or have an effect on a person in one way or the alternative. Just because the September 11 occasion has forever affected me and the majority anywhere else, due to the fact that September 11, I must constantly take a look at the information, I even sometimes awaken inside the middle of the night, simply to check the news.

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Anywho, I consider while we used to journey freely everywhere in America before 11th of September; you could just walk in any airport within the US, get your airline price ticket and stroll to any boarding gate without being scrutinized and constrained. But on the grounds that Sep 11, matters have modified for the worse and it will in no way be the identical and I can handiest believe how it’s going to be even 10 years from now and beyond.

In most foremost towns, video digicam is on nearly every nook, police officers and securities are continuously monitoring everybody’s motion, constantly being watched, constantly being surveillance, and anything and the whole thing you do in public places is being recorded. Is that the freedom we always talk approximately?

So, what’s a freedom, without certainly being unfastened? This all rings a bell in my memory when we had been developing up in Namibia beneath the South African apartheid government. But that becomes hell on this planet, which would in no way and will by no means be as compared to any residing condition of mankind, anywhere. We had a strict curfew, in rural areas, we had been not accredited to transport around outdoor our houses every time before 7:00 AM or after 7:00 PM or earlier than the solar rises or after the solar units.

I simply marvel if the general public truly recognizes or are even privy to what it became genuinely like residing in Namibia and or South Africa at some point of the apartheid technology, or perhaps they simplest realize approximately comrade Nelson Mandela’s freedom from prison?


It became worse than what most people really know. Most humans, particularly in the U.S., Don’t absolutely recognize exactly how it became, due to the fact only some books have been in reality written about Namibia’s actual residing circumstance under the South African apartheid machine which has reached the mainstream out of doors Namibia. Most human beings realize about the South African battle towards apartheid, because Mandela and others have written lots of news articles and books when they had been imprisoned and there’re many films and books that have been released and published about the South African apartheid system which includes the movie Sarafina, Cry; My Beloved Country, and so forth.

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But the idetical South African apartheid authorities has ruthlessly governed Namibia for the reason that 1960’s till March 1990. We in Namibia and South Africa then, had the same ruthless PW Botha, as Prime Minister and Executive State President and in a while F.W. De Klerk. We both lived in infamy, the black citizens of South Africa and Namibia, then South West Africa.

But, quickly, I will launch my auto-biography 1.0, and I will detail the entirety in it that I recognize and feature experience. There’re many brave males and females, in particular my mother, in Namibia, my loving and difficult-operating mom, Leticia Jacob, the handiest daughter of Jacob Haimbili, son of King Haimbili ya-Hauf Iku, and most men and women in Namibia and South Africa who’ve silently but aggressively fought in opposition to the South African apartheid gadget by using secretively however gracelessly and bravely supported their sons and daughters, the SWAPO and ANC freedom opponents, who relentlessly fought and ultimately in part brought about Namibia and South Africa to be freed from the ruthless bondage of the South African apartheid government.

Specifically, my mother, if she was elsewhere, like right here in the U.S., then many books could be written approximately her heroism. She has risked and sacrificed her very own life and our lives, as her children, for the sake of assisting and saving a lot of SWAPO freedom warring parties.


In the past due 70’s and till the late eighty’s, our house at Omunkete, within the north of Namibia had once been the rezendvous for SWAPO freedom warring parties. When they might be anywhere, somewhere else, either in Angola or other components of Namibia, and in the event that they instructed each other that they have been going to satisfy in Uukwambi, then they robotically knew precisely, without being unique, wherein they were going to satisfy, and that might be at our residence.

Many Namibian businessmen together with Frans Aupa Iindongo, Akumbe, and many others could come to our house mainly on weekends with the help of my lovable and brave sister, Jenisia, now in Luderitz, to host and have events for the SWAPO freedom combatants at our residence.

One of the incredible examples of my mom’s unspoken heroism turned into; whilst one morning in round 1984, we have been all operating on our farm, I assume it turned into at around 10 AM. The night time before, some of SWAPO freedom combatants, led by way of their institution leader, Hamunyela, no, no longer the Kakunya organization, had simply had a dinner-party at our house, and that morning whilst they had been just sitting around about five miles away from our residence, under a thick and big tree in the wooded area, that they had simply had breakfast added to them through someone as that become the custom for most of the people to care and feed freedom combatants, however in mystery, because if South African army determined out which you feed or take care of them, then they would come and get you and you will by no means be found once more or heard about what had befallen to you. Many humans had long gone lacking due to that, so the whole thing turned into performed in a quiet whisper of the silence.

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Anyway, they’d simply completed eating their breakfast when they have been all of sudden surrounded and attacked with the aid of the South African Koevoet, the ruthless and merciless arm of the South African Military Forces. Hamunyela and Company, 5 of them, it becomes usually the method that once a person introduced them food that now not they all might consume at the same time, in case some thing like what had ultimately and lamentably passed off to them would possibly manifest. So four of them ate the breakfast and one didn’t. But that breakfast became one way or the other may be toppled with something because when they had eaten it, they just fell asleep and became absolutely week, all 4 of them, and while the Koevoet attacked them, which we believed that they had been tipped off approximately their place through the identical detail that poisoned them, so once they had been attacked, they couldn’t even combat or run, they just laid around, absolutely helpless, and were shot lifeless with the aid of the Koevoet.

As we were busy operating in our field that morning, the first thing we heard have been a hissing of bullets flying above our heads, and we, my mother and my two young brothers, Sackey and Thomas, simply ducked on the floor so we would not get hit by using hundreds of the stray bullets.

A couple of minutes later, as we laid on the ground frightened, silently calling and checking on each different, you couldn’t hear some thing else besides the thunders and explosions of weapons firing, and as we seemed up, we noticed one of the 5 SWAPO freedom opponents, and we right away identified him, coming and walking unexpectedly towards our residence, jogging away from the Spartans of the Koevoet’s bullets.

He had nowhere else to move disguise, he only knew one location to head, and that was our residence, he didn’t accept as true with all and sundry else, but my mom. And below the heavy rain of flying bullets, my mom crawled and went after him inside the residence, and he or she whisked him outdoor of the house and concealed him in her underground clay-pot making room, simply at the back of our residence, wherein she, like many maximum girls in Namibia used to make clay pots, and he or she covered up the entrance with a small antique mat, so in case you didn’t recognise that there is an underground shed there, then you definitely would not locate it or even observed that there may be some thing underneath.


A short while later, hundreds of Koevoet squaddies, 8 Caspirs, came thundering in the direction of our residence, tracing his footsteps, at the same time as dragging the naked and dead bodies of the other 4 SWAPO freedom fighters on top of the Caspers.

They used to try this to try to disgrace them and discourage most people from helping them. Anyway, they followed his footsteps proper inside our residence, and as they seemed around, anywhere inside the house, but they couldn’t locate him or anything and they failed to locate his footsteps going outdoor of the house. It becomes like he had disappeared absolutely faraway from the face of the earth, he turned into nowhere to be observed and no footsteps anywhere within the environment of our house, like he has long past out.

They got here returned within the area and driven us around, screaming, pushing and butting us around, and beating us with their weapons, slamming my mother and I onto the floor, pointing their guns in our mouths, threatening to shoot and kill us if we wouldn’t inform them where that Oshikulo (the freedom fighter) had went, however we would not tell them, irrespective of how loud they screamed at us, regardless of how scary they made us sense, we just saved quiet, however we couldn’t mislead them that we failed to see him, due to the fact we knew that they had been following his footsteps, so we informed them that we saw him strolling passing by using our residence however we didn’t see where he went, because we laid on the ground, dodging their bullets.

They could not consider us, so they drove their scary navy trucks, Caspers, through our house, and completely trashed the entirety in it, they smashed and ran over our residence and absolutely destroyed the whole thing in it, our meals and our clothes, to the floor, and when they stopped, there has been nothing left standing, however, we would not tell them in which he becomes, we simply stored quietly.

They swarmed our complete region, our complete village, seeking out that one Oshikulo who had escaped, but they failed to find him, due to the fact we failed to inform them anything. They looked around for the complete day, and they eventually left later on inside the nighttime.

My mother stored him hidden in that underground space for 3 days. Only her and I knew that he became there and simplest the two folks took him food and water to drink, but simplest at night, when it became completely dark. My younger brothers and little sister, Magano, had been too younger, so we couldn’t inform them anything in case the Koevoet scared them and they may communicate.

And after three days, whilst it became completely calm and quiet, and most effective when we knew that the Koevoet had completely left and it becomes then secure, my mom then let him out, gave him meals and water to scrub up and he then left. He and a new organization got here back a few months later just to thank my mother.

Namibia won independence from the South African apartheid government on March 21, 1990, however that independence came at the high and bloody prize. I don’t forget my mom as a hero, due to the fact what she did, not best for that one unique day while she actually stored and rescued that one freedom fighter from the loss of life enamel of the Koevoet, but on many several occasions for decades, earlier than and after that, main up to the Namibia’s fashionable election in 1989, is unattainable. She has executed a lot and has unimaginably contributed to the independence of Namibia, much like many other men and women in Namibia.

She’s the actual hero and I will always and forever be happy with her, even supposing she has never been even privately or publicly recognized with the aid of the Namibian authorities or any organisation as a hero, to me and many women and men, SWAPO freedom opponents, like my buddy, Ignatius, who changed into one of the SWAPO freedom opponents whom my mom used to take care of and help realize that she’s a courageous and sturdy girl. But on the other hand, there’re loads and heaps of men and women in Namibia, much like my mother, who did precisely or extra than what my mom did. But the general public people all had been in one spirit, in one team spirit, even though we have been silenced, all of us spoke in one unspoken however loud voice that we had been now not going to be quiet, that we have been going to combat for our freedom, we have been all poised to guide our brothers and sisters, pals and friends, cousins and nephews who had been out there, fighting for our freedom, our lifestyles, our God’s given human rights, for the independence of our Namibia.

My older brother Daniel, a former SWAPO freedom fighter died in 1990 on responsibility, he becomes a paramilitary officer for the then newly hooked up Namibian Military, simply almost a yr after he had lower back from the exile. He had left and joined SWAPO in 1980, and my oldest brother Ndaba, died at the same time as in exile as a SWAPO freedom fighter, and a lot of my cousins, nieces and nephews, just like many other Namibians’ sons and daughters, who joined the SWAPO Plan (People Liberation Army of Namibia) motion and fought for our freedom, freedom from oppression, apartheid, racism, and fascism.

Jason B. Barker