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Slavery Memorial by sculptor Martin Puryear

Why reparations are always about more than money

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From Germany to Georgetown, the Global North has a lot to learn about reckoning successfully with past human rights wrongs. By Kerry Whigham, The Conversation — Between 1904 and 1908, German soldiers and settler colonists killed about half of all Nama people and over 80% of the Herero ethnic group. On May 28, 2021, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas acknowledged that Germany committed genocide in what is today Namibia. Maas’ statement…

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Human skulls from the Herero and ethnic Nama people

Germany colonial-era genocide reparations offer not enough – Namibia vice president

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By Reuters — Germany’s offer to fund projects in Namibia worth more than a billion euros ($1.22 billion) over 30 years to atone for its role in genocide and property seizures in its-then colony more than a century ago is not enough, Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba said on Friday. “No amount of money in any currency can truly compensate the life of a human being,” Mbumba told journalists as…

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A quarter million Herero are estimated to live in Namibia today, with the population growing in recent years.

Why The Herero Of Namibia Are Suing Germany For Reparations

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By Daniel A. Gross — Mbakumua Hengari grew up in the 1970s on a farm in southern Africa, in what is today the nation of Namibia. The arid soil around his family’s homestead was sandy and grassy, a poor fit for staple crops, so he and seven siblings subsisted on a modest herd of cattle, sheep and goats. Hengari blames systematic racism for his family’s poverty — and he and…

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Namibian former Culture Minister Kazenambo Kazenambo stands by a statue of Chief Hosea Katjiku-Ru-Rume-Kutako as he speaks of talks and negotiations about the alleged genocide committed by German forces against Herero and Nama people in 1904.

Germany taken to U.S. court over request for reparations from Namibian people…

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The German government said Friday it had asked a US court to throw out a lawsuit brought by indigenous groups from Namibia seeking reparations for the genocide of their peoples under German colonial rule. It was the first time Berlin has formally responded to the class-action suit launched by the Herero and Nama people last year over the tens of thousands killed in the 1904-1908 massacres.

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