NAMIBIAN EDUCATION MINISTER IN GERMANY FOR REPATRIATION OF HUMAN REMAINS

WINDHOEK-- German Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Michelle Muentefering has welcomed Namibia's Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, and members of her 74-member delegation who are in Germany for the repatriation of 27 human remains of Namibian origin.

Hanse-Himarwa and her delegation left for Germany last Sunday for the third exercise of repatriation of remains. The German Embassy in Namibia said in a statement here Wednesday that Muentefering said Namibia and Germany shared a long and painful history which fortunately, brought the two countries to close relations and personal friendships.

"Your journey to receive your ancestors whose remains were taken to various institutions in Germany under horrific circumstances for so-called scientific research, which had nothing to do with science, but was part of a racist ideology, shows how much it means to you all. And hopefully they will now find the peace that were denied in such a shameful way."

Muentefering noted that actions of Germans during the colonial period were shameful. She encouraged the delegation to focus on remembering and respecting the dead as both governments are engaged in a dialogue on how to deal with shadows of the colonial past.

"I know that a number of the delegation will be taking part in these talks while others will not and the path to such negotiations can be difficult, but I am more grateful that a huge number joined the minister on this dignified occasion," said Muentefering.

She said the repatriation will be a further step among the numerous efforts of state and civil society actors to build bridges between the two countries to invest in a better future. Muentefering will accompany the delegation to Namibia on Friday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

NAMIBIAN EDUCATION MINISTER IN GERMANY FOR REPATRIATION OF HUMAN REMAINS

WINDHOEK-- German Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Michelle Muentefering has welcomed Namibia's Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, and members of her 74-member delegation who are in Germany for the repatriation of 27 human remains of Namibian origin.

Hanse-Himarwa and her delegation left for Germany last Sunday for the third exercise of repatriation of remains. The German Embassy in Namibia said in a statement here Wednesday that Muentefering said Namibia and Germany shared a long and painful history which fortunately, brought the two countries to close relations and personal friendships.

"Your journey to receive your ancestors whose remains were taken to various institutions in Germany under horrific circumstances for so-called scientific research, which had nothing to do with science, but was part of a racist ideology, shows how much it means to you all. And hopefully they will now find the peace that were denied in such a shameful way."

Muentefering noted that actions of Germans during the colonial period were shameful. She encouraged the delegation to focus on remembering and respecting the dead as both governments are engaged in a dialogue on how to deal with shadows of the colonial past.

"I know that a number of the delegation will be taking part in these talks while others will not and the path to such negotiations can be difficult, but I am more grateful that a huge number joined the minister on this dignified occasion," said Muentefering.

She said the repatriation will be a further step among the numerous efforts of state and civil society actors to build bridges between the two countries to invest in a better future. Muentefering will accompany the delegation to Namibia on Friday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK