Germany will provide १ 1.1 billion (.3 1.3 billion) in reconstruction and development assistance to Namibia and the children of the victims, and Germany will apologize for the formal offenses abroad, ”German Foreign Minister Heiko Mas said in a statement on Friday.
“Our goal was and is to find a common path of true reconciliation in the memory of the victims. It includes the events of the German colonial period in the name of Namibia, and in particular the atrocities that took place between 1904 and 1908.” What can we say in today’s context: a genocide, “said Mass.
The Namibian government sees the formal acceptance of atrocities as genocide as an important step in the process of reconciliation and abuse, Namibian presidential press secretary Alfredo Hengri told CNN on Friday.
“These are very positive developments in light of this fast-paced process over the years. People will never forget this massacre; they are living with it. And it is an important process in terms of healing those wounds,” he said. Said.
Victim group agreement rejected
But the victim groups rejected the agreement. Hercules People’s Paramount chief, former attorney general and member of parliament Vekui Rukoro told CNN that they were not part of the discussion with the German government.
“Is this something outrageous that we should be excited about? It’s just public relations. It’s a job sold by the Namibian government. The government has betrayed my people,” he said.
Rukoro said the Herrero and Nama victims’ group expects monetary compensation. He said the abuse should not go to individuals, but should be a collective payment for those killed in the genocide and pushed to their land.
He added that the German president was not welcome in the South African country.
“The German president has so far not welcomed the issue of the victim community. He is a personal non-gratis,” he said.
A bloody struggle
According to historians, the bloodshed took place when the Herrero tribes revolted against the colonial army over the occupation of the land. Germany, which provides development assistance to Namibia today, issued its first formal apology for the conflict in 2004.
“The crimes of German colonial rule have long been associated with Namibia. No book can be closed about the past. However, the crime of confession and apology is an important step in the same direction as crime. The future is with us,” Mass said.
German media have reported that the official request for an apology will be made by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a ceremony in the Namibian parliament.
A spokesman for the federal president’s office told CNN, “After the governments have reached a formal agreement and in close consultation with the Namibian side, the federal president will decide on a possible trip.”
In 1989, about 800,000 mainly ethnic Tutsis were killed by the Hutu militia backed by the Rwandan government. France has been accused of failing to stop the genocide and supporting the Hattu regime, even after the genocide began.