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AFRICANGLOBE - It has become known as the first genocide of the 20th century: tens of thousands of men, women and children shot, starved, and tortured to death by German troops as they put down rebellious ethnic groups in what is now Namibia. Ideas and techniques that would play a key role in the Holocaust have some of their roots in German atrocities in colonial Africa, researchers argue.
AFRICANGLOBE - Namibians lashed out Friday at Germany for refusing to pay reparations for the genocide of their people a century ago, calling it a “phenomenal” insult to the victims’ descendants. Germany had not only apologised to the Jews for the Holocaust, but had also paid reparations, Rukoro said. “Because we have a different skin colour, the German government is saying to us: it’s only an apology and that’s it,”
In October, the skulls of a few of the Namibian victims of the 1904-1908 German colonial genocide were finally returned home. To some it represents the symbolic closure of a tragic and white chapter in the country's history.