Mopane Land Namibia
Namibia is a large southern African country by the Atlantic ocean that borders South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Angola. With a small population of 1.8 million in 2004, the prevalence of HIV among the adult population was estimated at 22%. The number varied from a relatively low 7% in the scantly populated Kunene region to up to 45% in the Caprivi region. People lacked basic information about the virus such as how it is transmitted, what are the available treatment options, and the importance of prevention and getting tested. The following images were made between november 2004 and may 2005, while I worked on a program of education about HIV and AIDS that trained volunteers from small communities to become educators in an extra-curricular course for young Namibians in schools across the northern part of the country.