By the Roadside
Namibia Publishing House
Hèlène de Kok has been practising medicine in the lahari in north-east Namibia for almost 35 years. Her atients have been mostly San and Herero people. For the last five years she has run a clinic and crafts centre at a resettlement farm for the San where she has come face to face with the extreme poverty and deprivation of a people, largely unemployed, striving desperately to adapt to a materialistic, technological age infinitely far removed from their culture of hunting and gathering.
She is married to Boetie Claassens, a cattle farmer, and they have two children, Johan, electronic engineer and farmer, and Mareli, also a doctor.Read more