The remains will arrive in the capital Windhoek on Friday (August 31) after being received by a Namibian delegation in Berlin.
“The Namibian and German history was born out of a very bad experience and reality.”
That experience was the slaughter of 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama people by soldiers of German Kaiser Wilhelm between 1904 and 1908.
The bones now being repatriated had been sent to Germany for since-discredited research attempting to prove the racial superiority of white Europeans.
MINISTER OF STATE AT GERMAN FOREIGN OFFICE, MICHELLE MUENTEFERING,
“Today, in view of a resurgent nationalism and populism in the world, in Europe and also here in Germany, it is even more important to take a clear position and admit guilt when it comes to our own past, as well as human rights and peace which have grown out of togetherness.”
German has accepted “moral responsibility” for the massacre but what it hasn’t done – in order to avoid compensation claims – is officially apologize.
That fact acknowledged by these protesters outside the handover ceremony on Wednesday (August 29) and amid increasing attention on Germany’s colonial history.
The German government has also entered talks with the Namibian government over possible compensation.