Namibia celebrates it’s independence today, 26th of August. Namibians call it the Heroes’ Day, United Nations has recognized it as Namibia Day. Formally Namibia got the independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990.
Namibia and Finland has a special relationship. Finns have been active there as missionaries and development aid workers more than 130 years. Finnish diplomat Martti Ahtisaari led the successful UN peace process there during 1970’s and 1980’s. (Later Ahtisaari was elected as the president of Finland, and 2008 he got the Nobel Peace Prize. In this video he discuss the international peace meditation, which is his speciality.)
I had late 2000’s the opportunity to spend some beautiful moments in the southern part of Namibia and Kalahari national park. Here are some pictures from that trip.
Also the residents of Keetmanshoop were looking after early morning snack. This young man was preparing braai – grilled beef – to give you a kick-start for the day.
I had a nice chat with Nico, a road construction engineer, who was waiting his beef to be ready. It turned out that he has had some connections with his colleagues from Finland. Such a small world!
On the way to Kalahari we stopped at the Quiver Tree Forest, which was an impressive place, with all the trees, dassies and birds.