Descendants of the Nama and Herero ethnic groups in Namibia have been enlisted to benefit from the financial support offered by Germany.
The European powerhouse recently acknowledged its colonial fathers’ mass killings over hundred years ago as genocide, and will support the Namibian people with the sum of €1.1 billion ($1.3 billion) for reconstruction and development.
In a public statement made by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday, a clear emphasis was made on reconciliation whilst admitting the severity of the crimes.
“Our goal was and is to find a common path to genuine reconciliation in memory of the victims. This includes naming the events of the German colonial period in what is now Namibia, and in particular the atrocities in the period from 1904 to 1908, without sparing or glossing over them. We will now also officially call these events what they were from today’s perspective: a genocide,” Maas stated.
Another media outlet also stated that the Namibian president has termed the reparation ‘not acceptable’, and that the victim groups have failed to accept the deal.
Meanwhile, Namibian presidential press secretary – Alfredo Hengari, has said otherwise.
“These are very positive developments in light of a very long process that has been accelerated over the past five years. People will never forget this genocide; they live with it. And this is an important process in terms of healing those wounds,” he said.