They were victims of the first genocide of the 20th century. Now the skulls of Namibian tribes people are finally heading home. The remains will arrive in the capital Windhoek on Friday, after being received by a Namibian delegation in Berlin.>> The Namibian and German history was born out of a very bad experience and reality.
>> That experience was the slaughter of 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama people by soldiers of German Kaiser Wilhelm between 1904 and 1908. At the time Germany was the world's third biggest colonial power, and Namibia was known as German South West Africa. The genocide was a response to tribes people rising up after they were expelled from their own land.
The bones now being repatriated had been sent to Germany for since discredited research attempted to prove the racial superiority of what Europeans.>> Today, in view of oversergent nationalism and populism in the world, in Europe, and also here in Germany. It's even more important to take a clear position and admit guilt when it comes to our own past.
>> Germany has accepted moral responsibility for the massacre. But what it hasn't done, in order to avoid compensation claims, is officially apologize. That fact acknowledged by these protesters outside the Hanover ceremony on Wednesday and amid increasing attention on Germany's colonial history. Legal representatives for the Herero and Nama people have brought a lawsuit against Germany in New York.
The German government has also entered talks with the Namibian government over possible compensation.