Namibian arm of WFDY says it is ready for 19th World Festival of Youth and Students

WINDHOEK: The Namibian arm of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) says it is ready for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students, which starts today.

Addressing international poverty and the alleviation thereof is just one of several topics that will be discussed during the festival, which will also mark the 70th anniversary celebration of the WFDY.

Around 500 delegates are expected to start arriving in Windhoek from yesterday.

The Chairperson of the local planning committee, Edward Kafita told Nampa in an interview on Friday poverty must be addressed globally.

Another topic to be addressed is xenophobia, which has recently dominated international media after several people were killed in neighbouring South Africa in xenophobic attacks.

He explained that the idea of hosting the event on local soil started back in 2013, when he was elected as chair of the preparatory committee.

Countries like South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Brazil, Cyprus, Venezuela and Lebanon have already indicated their participation.