WILL NAMIBIAN BONES HAUNT GERMANS FOREVER?
“Any Herero found within the German borders, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot. I no longer receive women or children. I will drive them back to their people or order them to be shot. These are my words to the Herero people .
The great General of the mighty German Kaiser”.
Extermination Order by the German commander, General Lothar von Trotha. (1)
Surviving Herero returning starved from the Omaheke desert where they had been driven by German troops after the battle at Waterberg; two women in front were unable to stand
The last time we dealt with Namibian human remains in Germany, we suggested, contrary to the opinion of some, that the recent return of Namibian human remains by Germany was not the beginning of the end of the issue and definitely not the end of the question. (2) There are far too many important issues that have not yet been settled or dealt with in such a way as to prepare the way for an eventual termination of demands. German officialdom has not shown itself prepared or willing to render adequate apology for the evil acts of the notorious German colonial troops against the Herero and the Nama in what has been described as the first genocide of the 20th century, an epoch to be distinguished by several genocides. Above all, the German State has not yet accepted the need to pay compensation for the incalculable damage and sufferings inflicted on the Herero and Nama, including the destruction of their cattle and other property as well as for unpaid labour.
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