Germany Offers $1.34b in Reparations for Namibia Colonial Atrocities

The German government has agreed to provide $1.34 billion compensation after it admitted to having committed genocide in Namibia during its colonial occupation in the African country, its foreign affairs ministry disclosed on Friday.

German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas said that they will ask the descendants of the victims for forgiveness.

Maas said that the government will support the “reconstruction and the development” of Namibia, providing them financial assistance of $1.34 billion as a “gesture to recognize the immense suffering inflicted on the victims.”

“In the light of Germany’s historical and moral responsibility, we will ask Namibia and the descendants of the victims for forgiveness,” he said.

“Our aim was and is to find a joint path to genuine reconciliation in remembrance of the victims,” he said. “That includes our naming the events of the German colonial era in today’s Namibia, and particularly the atrocities between 1904 and 1908, unsparingly and without euphemisms,” Maas added.

According to the period reports and records, Trotha instructed his troops to wipe out the entire tribe which numbered about 65,000 Herero and at least 10,000 Nama.


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