More human remains to be repatriated to Namibia
23 May 2017 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - Sixteen skulls of Namibians will be repatriated from Germany early in June, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has said.
The ministrys Permanent Secretary, Sanet Steenkamp said in a letter addressed to the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation (OGF) last week and seen by Nampa, the skulls will be returned to Namibia between 02 and 09 June.
This is the third consignment of Namibian human remains taken to Germany for purported research, to be repatriated.
It is believed that the skulls were transported to Germany sometime during the 1904-1908 genocide to be used for research to prove that white people were superior to black people.
In October 2011, a delegation of 60 Namibians comprising leaders of the Ovaherero and Nama communities and government officials went to Germany for the repatriation of 20 skulls of genocide victims.
Another 38 skulls and two skeletons were repatriated in the first quarter of 2014 in a delegation led by Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Jerry Ekandjo.