July 27, 2021

Namibia seeks UN intervention in genocide negotiations

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Considered one of the first genocides of the 20th century, the Herero and Nama genocide was a campaign of racial extermination and collective punishment that the German Empire undertook in German South-West Africa (present-day Namibia) against the Herero and Nama people between 1904 and 1907 during the Herero Wars.

President Usutuaije Maamberua calls on the United Nations (UN) to intervene

Up to 100,000 Herero and some 10,000 of the Nama people were systematically exterminated by German colonial troops.

In 2016, a spokesman for Angela Merkel’s government said Germany would formally apologise to Namibia.

“The federal government has been pursuing a dialogue with Namibia on this very painful history of the colonial era since 2012,” Sawsan Chebli, a spokesman for the German foreign ministry, said on Wednesday, report the Telegraph.

The South West Africa National Union (Swanu) President Usutuaije Maamberua has now called on the United Nations (UN) to intervene in the negotiations between the Namibian and German governments for reparations over the Ovaherero and Nama genocide of 1904-1908 committed by Germany, according to New Era  .

Maamberua said the Namibian government does not have the technical capacity and know-how on the issue, saying it’s dealing with a strong and powerful party (Germany).

“So we need to acquire patriotic intellectuals. We wrote a letter that the negotiations be halted. We also feel the majority-affected people of the Hereros and Namas are not included in the negotiations,” he noted.

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