July 9, 2015, marks 100 years since the end of German rule in Namibia. DW's Ben Knight spoke to Vekuii Rukoro, head of a Namibian delegation which has come to Berlin to call on Germany to formally acknowledge the colonial-era killings as genocide.
Years of protest by indigenous peoples eventually led the city of Los Angeles to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus, reigniting heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic over Spanish genocide in Latin America.
The German government has handed over the remains of indigenous men and women killed during the colonial era. Namibian activists have called on Berlin to apologize for massacring thousands and provide reparations.
Germany's decision to return colonial-era human remains to Namibia is an important step toward reconciliation. But the gesture is worthless without an apology for the country's genocide in Africa, says DW's Daniel Pelz.
Namibia marked the return by Germany of the remains of indigenous men and women killed during the colonial era with a traditional ceremony in Windhoek's Parliament Gardens on Friday.
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