Namibia still awaits Germany's expression of commitment regarding reparations

Namibia still awaits Germany's expression of commitment regarding reparations
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Namibia is still awaiting an expression of commitment from Germany regarding reparation from the 1904-08 war and genocide.
Namibia' Special Envoy for Dialogue on Reparations, Dr Zed Ngavirue, says Namibia has submitted all the necessary documents, providing records and information to the German authorities.
Dr Ngavirue says Germany has expressed a willingness to "heal the wounds" of those affected by the war during that period, but did not indicate how these wounds were to be healed.
He explains that talks with the German authorities have been aimed at ensuring an admission of responsibility for atrocities committed - a formal apology and reparations.
Dr Ngavirue, however, says while Germany has not denied its historic large-scale killing of Namibians, it remains uncertain how the former colonial power wants the wounds to be healed and assist to reconstruct the affected communities.
The former diplomat expects Germany a written statement of commitment as to what they intend to do.
Dr Ngavirue was speaking during the annual commemoration of the Green Flag Day at Okahandja over the weekend.
The day is marked every year, to remember the late Ovambanderu Chief Kahimemua Nguvauva, who was killed by German occupying forces in 1896.