At the beginning of the 20th century, German colonial forces in Namibia killed tens of thousands of the Herero and Nama people. Now Namibians want Germany to remove colonial monuments from Namibia, but many German tourists and residents don't agree
The German colonial empire committed indescribable crimes in countries like Namibia, Tanzania and Burundi. A century on, former colonies are now demanding reparations, placing mounting pressure on the government.
The Namibian president has said a German offer of compensation for colonial-era mass killings needs to be "revised." Among other things, he objected to the terminology used by Berlin.
Talks on reparations between the two countries are said to be close to wrapping up. But disturbing quotes and figures are leaking from the Namibian presidential office, says DW's Claus Stäcker.
There was surprise and disillusion all round when Namibia's president pinned a figure on Germany's compensation offer for colonial-era genocide — then rejected it. What's holding up the negotiations — money or words?
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