Breaking the Wall of Silence - "We are Standing on Truth"
The vision of Breaking the Wall of Silence is to be a consistent voice for the dignity of Namibian ex-detainees of the liberation movement and the development of a more open and tolerant society in Namibia.
The mission of BWS is to work with members and their families towards personal healing and genuine interpersonal reconciliation, democracy and tolerance in Namibia. In order to fulfill this mandate, BWS is committed to:
As part of its mission, BWS also works with the NANGOF Trust, an umbrella organization of Namibian NGOs, to promote and protect human rights and strengthen democracy in Namibia. In addition, as a result of its members' understanding that the torture and abuse carried out in the prisons could never have happened without the power of the gun, BWS has become involved in the national and international movement against gun violence. BWS has represented the NANGOF Trust on the National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons since 2004. The National Focal Point is a review body hosted by the Namibian police force that incorporates participation by government agencies and civil society organizations. In 2005, BWS formed a partnership with the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). Each year BWS members participate in the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence that IANSA sponsors.
The video above is a brief interview with Pauline Dempers, a founding member of BWS and its National Coordinator. In it, she discusses the founding of the organization, its mission and focus, challenges facing BWS, and the future she wants to see for it. In the video to the right, founding member and first chairperson of the managing board Samson Ndeikwila discusses the importance of the organization to Namibian national reconciliation.
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