Remember our blog post and thread on Twitter when we wrote about the Herero and Nama massacre? If you don't, here's a quick background: we highlighted how the Germans under the 2nd Reich actually provided Adolf Hitler with a blueprint for the Jewish Holocaust by doing it to Africans in South West Africa first. If you want to read it you can do so here:
It was reported back in August, that the Namibian President Hage Geingob has rejected Germany’s offer of reparations for the ghastly mass killings in the German colonial-era. The Herero also have taken Germany to US Court following the genocide which they felt had been forgotten.
Geingob said in a statement on Tuesday that Berlin’s offer of $11.7 million was “not acceptable.”
Between 1904 and 1908 the German Empire killed as many as 80,000 Herero and Nama people in response to an anti-colonial resistance, per the US Holocaust Museum. Other estimates put the number of African people killed at over 100,000.
"The current offer for reparations made by the German government remains an outstanding issue and is not acceptable to the Namibian government,” Geingob said. The Namibian government plans to negotiate a “revised offer.” (Savage, 2020). Berlin also used the phrase "healing of wounds" in place of the term reparations. And Namibia's government also had an issue with this.
Although both Namibia and Germany have been negotiating arranging Germany's official apology to the African nation as well as aid compensation from the European country since 2015, Germany refuses to directly pay reparations to Namibia. Germany says the money it has given to Namibia in the form of development aid has displaced the need for official reparations. The two countries have engaged in eight rounds of negotiations since 2015.
Is Germany really downplaying the magnitude of their first genocide by saying they have invested into the country? The country has learned nothing since its violent crimes in the past. I personally think Namibia was right to reject $11.7 million from Germany because it is not enough at all to account for the hundreds of thousands of lives that were lost. Germany are yet to make a revised offer.
Should any more developments be made, we will follow up with you guys and keep you informed. Let us know your view in the comments.
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