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Baxu and the giants
Black rhinos are listed as endangered and this is mainly as a result of poaching for their horns. Despite the challenges the rhino faces, Namibia is home to the largest free-roaming population of black rhino. The northwestern area of the country is home to these ancient and rugged creatures, and for the past two years there has been zero poaching on communal land.
!Khubaxu, which means 'I come from the soil, is a reminder to us all that we are one with nature. The film Baxu and the Giants has been screened around Windhoek and tells the story of how rhino poaching triggers social change in a village in Damaraland, seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl. The film was commissioned by the Legal Assistance Centre to sensitize teenagers to the issue of rhino poaching in Namibia.
Younger Namibians are taking a stand to fight against wildlife crime and raising awareness on the issue because the targeted animals are part of their heritage and pride of the country. The film not only educational for local Namibians but had an impression on primary school kids in Germany who fundraised 410 Euros which was donated to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia. The money will be used to support the rhino rangers who work tirelessly and walk long distances in harsh conditions to monitor the rhinos on communal land. To prevent the black rhino numbers from decreasing, everyone, both young and old, have a role to play in the protection of this species.
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