Damara Chiefs’ Council urged German government to assist Namibian government to create permanent employment for affected communities of 1904-1908 genocide

WINDHOEK: The Damara Chiefs’ Council on Friday urged the German government to assist the Namibian government to create permanent employment for affected communities of the 1904-1908 genocide here.

The vice-chairperson of the Damara Chiefs’ Council Max Haraseb said during the memorial service for 35 skulls and three skeletal remains which arrived here from Germany on Friday that the boreholes, goats and sheep projects are not sufficient to uplift the wellbeing of the Namibian people.

He said the Damara people became poor and remain poor because of what happened during the period of the genocide when the Germans depleted and destroyed our belongings.

Haraseb said during this period, the Damara people lost some of their cultural and traditional practices such as the holy fire, which was used to cure sick people and protect the community against evil forces, and today, it is non-existent.

His community also lost their integrity, and their dignity has been damaged from generations to generations, and they thus demanded a public apology from the German government, as well as reparations to be paid to all affected Namibians.

Up to 100 000 OvaHerero and 10 000 Nama people died during the genocide of 1904 to 1908, considered to have been the first genocide of the 20th century.

SOURCE: NAMPA