Government appreciates first state-to-state handover of human remains

Government appreciates first state-to-state handover of human remains
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The Namibian government appreciates the fact that the German government has for the first time agreed to a state-to-state handover of human remains from Namibia.
Education and Culture Minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, who is leading a 74 member delegation to Germany, expressed this appreciation at a media conference in Berlin on Monday.
Hanse-Himarwa addressed a joint media briefing with Minister of State, Michelle Müntefering, ahead of the repatriation of 27 sets of Namibian human remains from Germany to Namibia.
The Minister also said government and the people of Namibia appreciates the gesture of the Evangelical Church in Germany, the EKD, for providing the Franzosische FriederichsKirche as a fitting venue for the vigil and ceremonial handover of the remains.
Hanse-Himarwa said the first and second handover of Namibian remains from the Charite Medical University Hospital without the involvement of the German government gave rise to demonstrations that desecrated the intent of Namibians to offer a solemn, dignified and respectful homage to the deceased.
She called on those who support Namibia and wish to strengthen relations between Germany and Namibia to join all in respecting the solemn and dignified nature of the homage the government and people of Namibia wish to make to the Namibians who suffered colonial era brutalities.
The minister is leading a 74 member delegation of government, traditional and church leaders to Germany to receive the remains at a ceremony in Berlin on Wednesday.
Müntefering said senstitivity and empathy are required to deal with the collective trauma of events during the 1904-1908 period
Müntefering said that atrocities from that time cannot be undone, but added that  Germany and Namibia need to find ways to remember the events at the beginning of the 20th century together. 
The German Minister stated that Germany want to hep to heal wounds, noting that the remains were taken from the then South West Africa without any respect for human dignity, cultural and religious beleifs and practises.