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Namibia: President Geingob Abnegates German Reparations offer for Genocide
Category :- News Author :- L J KINGAH 
Posted on August 12, 2020, 3:58 pm
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The Herero and Nama genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century which was waged against the Ovaherero, the Nama, and the San by the German Empire in the German South West Africa now called Namibia between 1904 and 1908. Though years ago the German government recognized and apologized and had recently proposed reparation, the president of Namibia has said it is not accepted.

Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia has said the reparation offer from the then colonial master for mass killings was not acceptable. In his statement, he said, "The current offer for reparations made by the German Government remains an outstanding issue and is not acceptable to the Namibian Government,"

German-Namibia genocide

It was yesterday Tuesday August 11th, 2020 that the President briefed about the negotiations by the Namibian negotiating team which was led by envoy Zed Ngavirue. However, no details were given of the denied reparation offer.

It was estimated that 75% of the Herero population and half of the Nama population were killed in the genocide. Between 24,000 and 100,000 Hereros, 10,000 Nama and an unknown number of San died in it.

Hage Geingob

Negotiations for reparation between the two countries started close to five years ago, 2015 and this was the eighth time they had a talk. According to the president, though Germany has agreed to apologize in principle it has not accepted the term reparations for Namibia thinks that the terminology “healing the wounds” is weak.

Having been fed up with the German Rule, on January 12, the Herero and the Nam with their leaders massacred more than 100 German men but spared their women and children. About seven months later, in August, Lothar Von Trotha, a German General defeated the Ovaherero in the Battle of Waterberg and drove them into the desert of Omaheke, where most of them died of dehydration.

Namibia rejects german reparation

The first phase of the genocide was characterized by widespread death from starvation and dehydration, due to German forces’ prevention of the Herero from leaving the desert. Following their defeat, thousands of Hereros and Namas were imprisoned in concentration camps where the majority died of diseases, abuse, and exhaustion.


The United Nation’s Whitaker Report of 1985, classified the aftermath as an attempt to annihilate the Herero and Nama people of South West Africa.

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