The German government has declared that it bowed “to the descendants of the victims” of the genocide of the German colonial troops in Namibia at the beginning of the 20th century, after acknowledging that the massacres were to be classified as such and the payment of 1.1 Billions of euros to the authorities for development projects.
“Germany apologizes and bows to the descendants of the victims. Today, more than a hundred years later, Germany apologizes for the sins of its ancestors,” said Berlin in a joint statement with Whindoek, in which it emphasized: “No, that is possible”. to undo what happened. “
The document, to which the newspaper “The Namibian” had access, also states that the murder of tens of thousands of members of the Herero and Nama communities constitutes genocide “from a contemporary perspective,” while it emphasizes that “the government and the People “of Namibia accept Germany’s apology.”
It is said that these apologies “pave the way for a lasting mutual understanding and the consolidation of the special relations between the two nations”, despite the criticism arising from the above-mentioned communications against Berlin and their rejection of the amount Berlin has to the authorities of the African country.
The federal government has at all times refused to label these funds as compensation or reparation for crimes of the colonial era, which is being demanded by the affected communities, who also claim that the amount does not meet their demands.
Nonetheless, the statement said that some of the development projects will benefit “the descendants of the particularly affected communities according to their identified needs,” as reported by the British television broadcaster BBC.
Finally, it is stressed that “both governments share the view that these aforementioned amounts close all financial aspects of past-related matters,” which would preclude the possibility of payment as a form of compensation to these communities.
A group of traditional chiefs from various Namibian communities on Monday rejected the amount promised by Germany, saying it was “offensive” compared to what Jews received after the Holocaust during World War II.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas emphasized on May 28: “In recognition of the immeasurable suffering that was inflicted on the victims, (Germany) wants to support Namibia and the victims’ descendants with an extensive program of 1.1 billion euros for reconstruction and development” .
German troops killed approximately 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama in a campaign that lasted from 1904 to 1908 to quell an insurrection. Thousands more were held in concentration camps or forced to wander through the desert until they died. Historians and the United Nations had already called it the first genocide of the 20th century.