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Coming to Understand Namibia
Gustavus Adolphus College Quarterly (2006)
  • Laura L. Behling, Butler University

It's complicated, this country on the southwest coast of the vast African continent. A country slightly more than half the size of Alaska, Namibia has only .99 percent arable land in its hot, dry climate, and is bordered in the west by the Namib Desert, and on the east by the Kalahari Desert. Yet it shares more than 1,500 kilometers of coastline with the Atlantic Ocean. The literacy rate of Namibians is high, 84 percent over the age of 15 can read and write, yet 55 percent lives on only $2 each day, and 34 percent of the population lives on only $1 per day. The adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is 21.3 percent, yet water is potable right out of the taps, not only in its capital city, Windhoek, but throughout the nation.

Publication Date
Winter 2006
Citation Information
Laura L. Behling. "Coming to Understand Namibia" Gustavus Adolphus College Quarterly (2006)
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