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Story of the Herero genocide

Date: Mar 30, 2017

Herero and Nama people of Namibia have filed class-action suit addressing negotiations between Namibia and Germany for the 1904 to 1908 genocide where about 100-thousand people were massacred.

Earlier this month, lawyers representing the Namibian Herero and Nama tribes, met in New York following a lawsuit filed in January. They demand compensation for the descendants of people massacred by Germany under a colonial regime, in what is known as the Herero genocide. 

Between the years 1904 and 1908, Germany carried out a systematic extermination of the Herero and Nama people, killing about a 100-thousand in what was then known as South West Africa. The Herero genocide has widely been regarded as the first genocide of the 20th century, and a precursor to the Holocaust. 

Tens of thousands of Herero and Nama people were driven into the Namibian desert to die of starvation and dehydration. Others were sent to concentration camps where they died of disease and abuse. Many victims were beheaded, and their skulls sent to Germany for scientific experiments. 

Namibian authorities plan to join the case against Germany, to demand US$30 billion in reparations. 

Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Ester Muinjangue who is a Herero Activist and Lecturer in the faculty of Human Science at University of Namibia

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