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Germany returns over 100-year old Skulls of Namibian Genocide Victims

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Germany returns over 100-year old Skulls of Namibian Genocide Victims

Germany on Wednesday, handed back the skulls of indigenous people killed during a genocide in colonial Namibia over 100 years ago, Reuters reports.

The skulls were received by a Namibian delegation at a church service in Berlin.

Between 1904 – 1908, soldiers of German Kaiser Wilhelm slaughtered about 65,000 persons from the Herero tribe and 10,000 from Nama tribe after they revolted against land seizures by the German colonists.

German Protestant bishop Petra Bosse-Huber said at the service: “Today, we want to do what should have been done many years ago – to give back to their descendants the remains of people who became victims of the first genocide of the 20th century.”

Germany has refused to apologise for the act, but has claimed “moral responsibility”.

The Herero and Nama people have also filed a lawsuit against Germany in New York, saying the act violated international law on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Germany is in negotiation with the Namibian government and has argued that is has also helped Namibia through millions of Dollars in aid.

Photo Credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images

3 Comments

  1. Dust

    August 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    When I say slave trade never happened, people start pointing to history written by wh:ite people.. when in reality, Africans were fighting the europeans until the early 1900s..

    Ethnic nations the europeans couldn’t kill and conquer they manipulated the ethnic nations into either been a christian or muslim and have the ethnic nations fight and kill themselves with their own hands.

    Nigeria was created by British Christians who allowed one part to be mainly christian and the other to be mainly muslim which would result into ethnic clashes.

    Even if Nigeria was one religion they would sell to Nigerians things Nigerians would use in destroying Nigerians…

    In summary,
    they came to Africa to kill and take the lands…

    • Tumininu

      August 31, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Hi Dust, I have some reservations about your comment, see below:

      Dust-
      Ethnic nations the europeans couldn’t kill and conquer they manipulated the ethnic nations into either been a christian or muslim and have the ethnic nations fight and kill themselves with their own hands….

      Response-
      Nooo religion has nothing to do with it instead bribery was used they knew Africans are physically strong. They bribe an African against his own. Also starvation was another tactic to render Africans weak and pass on rapidly.

      Dust-
      Nigeria was created by British Christians who allowed one part to be mainly christian and the other to be mainly muslim which would result into ethnic clashes.

      Response-
      We Nigerians should use our initiative the Holy Bible and Quran does not teach us to murder one another.

      Dust-
      Even if Nigeria was one religion they would sell to Nigerians things Nigerians would use in destroying Nigerians…

      Response-

      Britain today is a multi ethnic country with vast religions been practiced. Although the it was created as a Christian country, yet they are coping. The Europeans introduced Christianity to a number of African countries and some have been able to adapt and identify problems in their country and resolve same like Ghana.

      Dust-

      In summary,
      they came to Africa to kill

      Response-

      Yes they did but we sent them packing that is the reason for our independence. We need to show that our independence was/is worthwhile.

  2. Tumininu

    August 31, 2018 at 5:23 am

    No…. the skull should have remained in there possession, I cannot believe that they did not apologise for the act. Germans funny sets of people.

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