Namibia doesn’t want “aid” to make up for Germany’s genocide—it wants $30 billion

Namibia doesn’t want “aid” to make up for Germany’s genocide—it wants $30 billion

How do you quantify the effects of genocide?

An apology and aid just won’t do it. Namibia’s government plans to sue Germany over the atrocities that amounted to Germany’s first, but largely forgotten genocide. The Namibian government plans to join an existing suit against Germany, and plan to demand $30 billion in reparations, The Namibian newspaper reported on March 17. The descendants of the Herero and Nama people massacred by the German colonial army took the present-day Berlin government to court in New York after negotiations stalled, the group said in a press release on March 15. The amount they’re asking for is still unknown. It’s unclear how the Namibian government arrived at the figure of $30 billion—its GDP in 2015 was $11.5 billion—but it hoped this would help bring “a dignified closure to the matter,” said Namibia’s attorney general Sacky Shanghala. “Lest we be accused as a government that we did not do all that we could have done to ensure that we represented the sacrifices of those who were brutally killed, and those generations that continue to suffer as a result thereof,” Shanghala said of his government’s change of heart... Read more (2 min reading time!)

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