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Speaker welcomes Namibian and German delegation ahead of skulls repatriation ceremony, 31 August 2018

Hon. Katjavivi welcoming the delegation

 

  Story by George Sanzila

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has welcomed both the Namibian and German delegation involved in the 3rd repatriation of human remains from Germany at Parliament.

A ceremony to mark the return of the 27 human skulls will be held at the Parliament gardens today (31/08/18).

Hon. Katjavivi noted that the repatriation is part of the healing process from the painful past that continues to haunt both countries. Present at the welcoming meeting was a high powered delegation comprised of Vice President, H.E. Hon. Nangolo Mbumba, Prime Minister, Hon. Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila, Education and Arts Minister, Hon. Katrina Hanse Himarwa, Namibian Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Christine Hoebes, Special envoy on genocide, Dr. Zed Ngavirue and Namibian Ambassador to German, H.E. Andreas Guibeb. The German government is represented by its State Minister for Cultural Affairs and Africa, Hon. Michelle Müntefering and German Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Christian Schlaga among many others.

 

The mass ethnic killings of the Hereros and Nama by German colonial troops took place between 1904 and 1908 following their uprising. More than 100 000 people were exterminated. Some of the victims were beheaded, and their skulls sent to Germany for scientific experiments.

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