"If single women can’t find work in the townships, sex becomes a second currency, which is used to pay for the most necessary things like food, clothes and school fees for their children." says Father Hermann Klein-Hitpass. Condemned to the lowest rungs of society, these women are insulted, despised and rejected by their own people. Every day they face a high risk of infecting themselves with HIV and STDs, get beaten up, raped or even killed.
(2008) Damara 6. Whenever possible Father Hermann ventured out to Katutura, the township outside Windhoeck, to look after sole women who have to sell their bodies in order to have something to eat. The priest looked at it as a Christian duty to stand by these people, although the Catholic Church did not share this opinion.
(2008) Father Hermann tries to comfort Sama, who suffers from severe depression after losing her child. In 2005 Father Hermann opened a daycare facility for prostitutes in the township Katutura in the Namibian capital Windhoek. The priest called the centre "Stand Together". There he looked after more than 4700 women and their 10000 children. He provided them with food, clothes and mental assistance.
(2008) The stories Father Hermann has heard are often nearly unbearable. Abuse, rape, physical mistreatment, AIDS and STDs are recurrent themes in the life stories of most of the women. Some commit crimes themselves: a few kill their children in despair, while others want to avenge themselves on men who have abused them by knowingly infecting them with HIV.