- For the first time, Germany has come clean about committing genocide in Namibia during its colonial occupation
- Berlin has now committed to giving financial support of over one billion euros to the African country
- Germany admits that German settlers killed thousands of Nama and Herero people between 1904 and 1908
After nearly a century of denial, Germany has finally admitted to committing genocide in Namibia during the early 1900s. According to various reports, 100 000 Herero people were killed during the mass murders while 10 000 Nama people lost their lives to German colonial settlers.
Berlin has now come forth to announce that they will be paying direct reparations to the African country. The country has committed to paying over one billion euros to Namibia, which will go toward development projects.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement that Berlin is ready to admit to genocide and is seeking forgiveness from the Namibian people for the "atrocities" committed by the German settlers, reports an EWN article.
Meanwhile, social media users have shared their thoughts on the admittance and the resolution:
"Better a century late than never…"
"1.3 bil doesn't bring back the dead or make up for the pains they passed through."
"But at least they are acknowledging their evil deeds. There is nothing that can be done to bring back the dead."
Briefly News also reported that a street that is located in Berlin, Germany, was named after Ghana in 1958, exactly a year after the country gained independence from colonial rule.
According to the Director for Sub-Saharan Africa & Sahel, Robert Dölger, the honour was conferred on Ghana because it was the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence. It has been 63 years since the naming of the street and recent photos from Berlin show that the name is intact in the same manner it was labelled in 1958.
The German Ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff, also confirmed this report in a post made on his verified Twitter handle.
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