Lutheran Federation commends apology for genocide

10 May 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAY (NAMPA) - The 12th Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has commended the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany (EKD)’s apology for crimes committed during Namibia’s colonial years.
The crimes of genocide and land dispossession affected particularly OvaHerero, Nama, Damara and San/Khoisan people when then South West Africa was under German rule.
“We deeply appreciate the clarity and depth of the EKD confession towards the entire Namibian people and towards God, as this is a great sin which cannot be justified,” said LWF President, Bishop Dr Munib Younan at the opening ceremony here on Wednesday.
The EKD’s statement on the genocide released on 24 April 2017 titled ‘Forgive Us Our Sins’ openly acknowledges that the annihilation order issued by the German colonial forces in October 1904 against OvaHerero and in April 1905 against the Nama was genocide.
Younan emphasised it is encouraging to see how the apology points toward a process of revisiting partnership agreements, since current partnership relations reflect and follow from the colonial roots of these relationships.
“Only when the truth has been told and justice sought can reconciliation over the pains of the past take place,” said Younan.
He noted that Namibia and Germany should identify and agree on how the history will be told, as well as to how justice can be done and how reconciliation will be promoted.
Younan said as a communion with a passion for justice, peace and reconciliation, the LWF is committed to offer support.
The assembly is held under the theme ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’. It ends on 16 May.