Solemn vigil held before repatriation of human remains from Germany

Solemn vigil held before repatriation of human remains from Germany

A moving and solemn vigil was held Tuesday night on the eve of the official commemoration service of the repatriation of human remains from Germany to Namibia.
The ceremony was held at the Fransosische Friedrichstadtkirche in Berlin, the venue for the official commemoration service and ceremonial handover, taking place at 10h30 Wednesday.
During Tuesdays night's ceremony, church leaders from the Council of Churches of Namibia and the Evangelical Church in Germany started off the proceedings, followed by Nama and Herero traditional leaders who paid tribute to the deceased.
The Herero traditional leaders also performed a holy fire ritual in an area adjacent to the church as a purifying and cleansing act ahead of today's official handover.
The ceremony was also attended by  Namibians living in Germany and German nationals, while, Dr Zed Ngavirue and Rupert Polenz,  the two special envoys to the talks between Namibia and Germany, also attended.
The almost three-hour vigil was concluded by Education and Culture Minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa who paid an emotional tribute to the German Minister of State, Michelle Muntefering and to Namibia's Ambassador to Germany Andreas Guibeb for his work in helping with the return of the human remains to Namibia.