More human remains coming from Germany

02 Oct 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) - More human remains will be returned to Namibia from Germany as soon as both parties finalise discussions in this regard.
A media statement issued by the German Embassy in Namibia on Monday announced that the human remains will soon be released for repatriation.
The repatriation of the remains formed part of discussions during a two-day meeting between Namibia’s Special Envoy on the Genocide, Zed Ngavirue and his German counterpart, Ruprecht Polenz last week in Berlin.
The two leaders met for the sixth round of negotiations on the genocide last Wednesday and Thursday.
According to the statement, the talks were held in a constructive atmosphere.
“Both sides are preparing a dignified return [of the human remains] to Namibia with the inclusion of the representatives of the particularly affected communities,” the media statement said.
This will be the third repatriation of human remains from Germany. It is yet to be determined how many human remains, largely skulls, will be repatriated this time around.
The first repatriation exercise was carried out in October 2011, and saw 20 skulls return to Namibia, while the second repatriation in March 2014 resulted in 35 skulls and the skeletal remains of three people coming back home.
The human remains are of Ovaherero/Ovambanderu and Nama people killed by German troops during the 1904 to 1908 genocide in German concentration camps in the former German Southwest Africa.
They were taken from Namibia to pathological institutes in Berlin and other German research institutions for “scientific measuring”.
The Namibian delegation in the meeting with Polenz last week included representatives of the affected communities, as well as senior government officials.