Africa Notes: Namibia's Independence: A Political and Diplomatic Impasse? - May 1983
May 5, 1983
Namibia, a land twice the size of California, is seven eighths desert and semi-desert, with only its northern hinterland receiving crop-sustaining regular refreshments of rain. Nearly two-thirds of all Namibians, especially the dominant Ovambo and their Kavango and Caprivi neighbors, live in this northern sphere, traditionally growing sorghum, pulses, and-recently-maize amid the palm trees south of the Kunene and Kavango Rivers. The Ovambo number about 600,000, the Kavango 100,000, and the Caprivi 40,000. In the arid west are 11,000 Kaokovelders. Many Ovambo have become labor migrants, working either in the territory's mines, in its few cities and towns, or on farms owned by others.