Breaking the Wall of Silence

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Breaking the Wall of Silence (BWS) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Windhoek, Namibia.[1] It is named after Siegfried Groth's book Namibia – Breaking the Wall of Silence, and was formed at the occasion of the book's release in 1996.[2]

BWS advocates for the rights of those detained by SWAPO during the Namibian War of Independence. Kalla Gertze was the first president of this organisation. Pauline Dempers became the organisation's coordinator in 1999 and, as of 2008, was still in that position.[2]


  1. ^ Namibia: An organization called Breaking the Wall of Silence; its mandate, membership and activities (1990-September 2002) Archived October 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. published first by Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, re-published by UNCHR, 17 September 2002
  2. ^ a b "Who's Who, Dempers, Pauline Franzisca - Civil society". Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID). Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.

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