Namibia

Namibian relatives see recognition of the German genocide as insufficient

Recent acknowledgment Because of Germany, in which the country carried out mass killings in the former colony of Namibia at the beginning of the last century, the relatives do not go far enough. Representatives of the two affected peoples rejected the agreement between the German and Namibian governments on this issue, arguing that the 1.1 billion euros that the Germans would provide over the next 30 years was insufficient.

Between 1904 and 1908, German colonial forces killed tens of thousands of people in Namibia, leaving 80 percent of the Herero and Nama minority expelled or exterminated. For six years, Germany and Namibia negotiated German recognition of the genocide. Representatives of the two groups also attended.

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A board of leaders of Herero and Nama now writes in a statement that they are participating in negotiations too late to properly consult their supporters. The council remains satisfied with Germany’s recognition of the genocide, but believes that reparations should be renegotiated.

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The German government is unequivocally providing 1.1 billion euros not as compensation, but as a contribution to the development of the African country. According to leaders Herrero and Nama, the amount is “reprehensible, unacceptable and an insult to our very existence.” And they demand to postpone the ceremony scheduled for the signing of the agreement between the two countries.

The Namibian government says it is surprised by the attitude of the Herero and Nama Council of Leaders. The government negotiator told dpa that “the council participated in the entire negotiation process.” The negotiator does not yet know how this will continue. We need to rethink the negotiations. I think Germany was aware of the divisions in this country.”

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