Johanna Wilkie

Johanna Wilkie (Breaking the Wall of Silence in Windhoek): Johanna lived and worked in Rome, Italy for two years teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). After her return to hometown of Boston, she taught immigrants and college students ESL for two years before moving to Los Angeles to work as a program manager at a California non-profit. At the time of her fellowship, Johanna was studying for a Masters degree in international affairs and development at Georgetown University, and working toward a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. She also interned at the International Rescue Committee as an Africa Advocacy Intern.



“I could not imagine living without a gun…”

24 Jun

Yesterday I met Hans Pieters, a relative of my host here, Talita.  We started talking about my work here and he told me that one of the reasons there are as many guns as there are in Namibia is the war for independence that was fought with South Africa.  Many ex-combatants continue to carry guns, and Hans told me that he himself carried a gun for years after the war was over, for purposes of self-protection.  It was only when he realized that the people who were most likely to get shot with this gun were his friends and family, and not criminals, that he got rid of the gun.  In this brief video he tells his story:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE9bCGl3o4Y

Posted By Johanna Wilkie

Posted Jun 24th, 2009

4 Comments

  • Sarah Masters

    June 25, 2009

     

    Well done Johanna. It’s great to see the first of the profiles on your page and to hear a first hand account from Hans.

  • Natasha

    June 29, 2009

     

    This was a fantastic interview that in an insightful manner provided realistic reasons as to why a gun should not be owned in the household. I love how this was a direct interview rather than a mere spreadsheet of facts. It really illustrated a pure logic as to why guns should not be used in homes. Good job Johanna and Hans!

  • Janet Wilkie

    July 4, 2009

     

    Simple yet profound truth from a thoughtful man. Beautifully captured. Violence begets violence. And we so often visit it upon the ones we love most. Hope others will follow Hans’ courageous decision.

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