Germany must now finally officially recognise the genocide of the OvaHerero and Nama. July 9th 2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of German colonial rule in present-day Namibia. This foreign dominance was based on deception, violence, exploitation and a colonial-racist view of the world. The OvaHerero and the Nama were particularly resolute in their rebellion against this. Their resistance was met by the Kaiser’s “Schutztruppe” (protection force) with the first genocide of the 20th century. Both of the infamous execution orders, which were issued by General von Trotha in 1904 and 1905 in the name of the German Kaiser, are clear in their genocidal intent.
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