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Africa Renewal - - Con­tents -

our refugee camp said, ‘No way! We don’t need fash­ion de­sign­ers in an in­de­pen­dent Namibia,’” she re­called in an in­ter­view with Africa Re­newal. “‘ We need doc­tors, and I want you to be a doc­tor.’”

After grad­u­at­ing from med­i­cal school in Ger­many, Dr. Ndume re­turned to an in­de­pen­dent Namibia. “One doc­tor in the refugee camp who had been like a mother to me dur­ing the strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion ad­vised me, ‘ With these lit­tle hands, you must go for oph­thal­mol­ogy.’ So I went back to Ger­many and did oph­thal­mol­ogy, even though it was not re­ally what I had wanted. But to­day when I look back I say, ‘Thank

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