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Visual Artists Paint Mural Illustrating Namibia’s COVID-19 Fight

Visual artists from the local College of the Arts paint a mural in the Namibian capital Windhoek on Sept. 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Ndalimpinga Iita)

Visual artists in the Namibian capital Windhoek, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, have painted a mural featuring the Namibian people’s fight against COVID-19.

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The mural illustrates the country’s pandemic containment efforts, including locals’ daily social patterns, economic challenges, frontline workers as well as observation of safety and hygiene measures such as wearing masks and sanitization.

Esneya Zulu, a student at the College of Arts who is part of the project, said that the central aim is to communicate about COVID-19 and display its impact visually.

“The visual element of art has the ability to influence change in society; it is powerful,” said Zulu on Wednesday.

For Jojo Strauss, painting the mural is part of her role in curbing the further spread of COVID-19 in Windhoek.

“The mural is not only along with one of the main roads in the central business district, but it is also across one of the main COVID-19 testing centers,” Straus said.

Moreover, the mural is hoped to promote unity and commend international aid availed to Namibia by development agency and other countries, including China.

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