The Republic of Namibia is a country in southern Africa and a former German colony. It gained independence from South Africa in 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence.
Namibia's capital and largest city is Windhoek. Most of its territory was a German Imperial protectorate in 1884 and remained a German colony until the end of World War I. South Africa occupied the colony in 1915 and administered it from 1919 onward as a League of Nations mandate territory. Since independence Namibia has successfully completed the transition from white minority apartheid rule to parliamentary democracy.
Petra Bosse-Huber of the Evangelical Church in Germany has spoken to DW about the church's role in the Herero genocide in Namibia at the turn of the last century. It has asked victims' descendants for forgiveness.
During the nineteenth century, Germany embarked on a colonization program. Germany took over countries like Cameroon, Uganda, Namibia, and Tanzania. A new exhibition called "That, around which the Universe Revolves" recently opened in Düsseldorf. It is traveling between African countries and Germany exploring the colonial past. Wanjiku Mwaura brings this report.
Indigenous Namibians are demanding the German government pay reparations for crimes committed during the colonial era. German troops targeted and killed around 100,000 people from the Herero and Nama communities in 1905.