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Genocide Survivors Project

Genocide Survivors – Otjozondjima/Okozondje, Epukiro-Namibia

The goal of the Genocide Survivors Project is to identify, recognize, honor, and celebrate our forbearers who experienced and survived the Ovaherero and Nama Genocides. They endured unspeakable horror and gave us life. Their sacrifice, hard work, bravery, and steadfastness paved the way for our communities’ survival, resurgence, and revitalization.

There are many ways to honor and memorialize our heroines and heroes. Knowing and saying their names, creating memorials in their honor, telling stories about their lives and experiences, and emulating their selfless sacrifices to give future generations a bright future.

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The attached memorial document has the names of genocide survivors buried at Otjozondjima/Okozondje in Epukiro, Namibia. Among the survivors buried at Otjozondjima are Johanna Tembo ua Murangi, sister to Rapote ua Murangi. Rapote and his wife Katjiukua ua Kavari died during the genocide in 1904 at Ohamakari. Their daughters survived the genocide and are buried at Otjozondjima. Also buried here are Komiiri Muamina Wilfried Mundjua and Friedrich Makono, to name a few individuals. Both were involved in helping write Hosea Kutako’s petition to the United Nations.

Information was collected in January 2020, and involved taking pictures of burial headstones of all individuals born before or during the 1904-1908 genocides and survived the genocide. The names and dates were entered into a database of genocide survivors.

These hallowed burial grounds are archives of culture and history. Current and future generations must access and celebrate these treasures. Project staff will work with survivors’ descendants to develop an anthology about these heroines and heroes.

Please contact Dr. Kavemuii Murangi at 1904genocidesurvivors@gmail.com if you want to contribute and help develop a database of genocide survivors or wish to share ideas about honoring survivors. Otjozondjima was first, next we will feature genocide survivors buried at Otjeue, Aminius, Namibia.

Ekuamo ra Kahimemua indi?

A German-Namibian Colonial History – The Belt of Kahimemua Nguvauva – by Christiane Habermalz. The following is an un-official Google Translation (English) of “Der Gürtel des Kahimemua Nguvauva” which was written in German. The original article in German is available at https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/eine-deutsch-namibische-kolonialgeschichte-der-guertel-des.976.de.html?dram:article_id=469578

Kahimemua’s Belt English

“There is no foreign independent or impartial forum” in which to file case (except US District Court)

According to an amended complaint filed by lawyers representing Ovaherero and Nama people, Germany “directed and benefited (and continues to benefit) from the genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama peoples and the expropriation of Ovaherero and Nama land, livestock, concession, taxation, and customs rights, human labor, body parts, and other property without compensation in violation of international law.”

Countering Germany’s motion to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, the amended complaint asserts that property and wealth stolen from Ovaherero and Nama people have found its way to the USA (as part of Germany’s commercial activities), with negative consequences for the USA and New York, thereby giving the US District Court jurisdiction over the genocide issue.

https://theongi.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Amended-Class-Action-Complaint-with-docket-text.pdf

Amended Class Action Complaint with docket text

 

 

Press Release: First congress on Ovaherero and Nama genocides in Berlin

First congress focusing on the genocides against the Ovaherero and Nama in Berlin: Reconciliation requires readiness for dialogue and respect. Moving reception for Ovaherero and Nama delegates to the Berlin congress on their arrival in Windhoek, Namibia. A joint resolution of the congress delegates demands direct participation of the Ovaherero and Nama’s representatives in all Namibian-German negotiations on the genocide committed against their communities and global recognition of the first genocide of the 20th century.

Many exuberant supporters welcomed home Ovaherero and Nama delegates Tuesday (October 18, 2016) to Windhoek after the first transnational congress in Berlin under the theme “RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AFTER GENOCIDE“ highlighting the genocides committed between 1904-08. More than 50 Ovaherero and Nama delegates from Namibia, the United States, Canada, and Britain had come together in Berlin on the invitation of Berlin Postkolonial, AfricAvenir and the NGO alliance “Völkermord verjährt nicht!/No Amnesty on genocide!”. The Ovaherero Traditional Authority, Paramount Chief Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, invited all the Ovaherero to Okahandja this coming Sunday to report on the Berlin congress of last weekend.

During several addresses at the congress, two impressive rallies in central Berlin, a press conference organised by Niema Movassat, MP for DIE LINKE, and a work meeting with Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in the German parliament or Bundestag, representatives of the Ovaherero and Nama associations made absolutely clear that reconciliation can only be achieved provided they are directly and without any preconditions involved in the negotiations about the issue of genocide against their communities between the Namibian and German governments underway since 2014. They have emphasized that the two governments must recognise the relevant Namibian Parliament’s Resolution of 26th October, 2006, as the only valid and sound basis for the negotiations that must restart afresh with the Traditional Leaders of the Ovaherero and Nama Council on Genocide and Reparation, as well as guarantee the rights of the victim communities under international law.

In close co-operation with African, black and Germany-based non-governmental organisations critical of colonialism, Ovaherero and Nama delegates drew up a joint congress resolution which declares critical debate about the genocides a global task and a subject for society as a whole. Apart from the main demands for an official recognition of the genocides, a sincere apology by the German parlament and government and negotiations on reparations with the Ovaherero and Nama representatives from Namibia and their diaspora, calls were also made for critical observation of the demanded trialogue by non-government organisations (NGO).

Companies such as Deutsche Bank, Wecke & Voigts and Woermann that directly profited from the genocides and the forced labour of Ovaherero and Nama are urged to participate in compensating the affected communities who were entirely expropriated and forced to leave its lands. The congress resolution calls on the world’s nation states, the African Union, the United Nations and Christian churches, partly entangled in the genocides, to take the occasion of the ongoing UN Decade for People of African Descent and officially recognise the Ovaherero and Nama genocides as well as to support the victims’ just struggle for an apology and direct participation in the exclusive government negotiations.
During the next days, the congress resolution will be sent to the German and Namibian governments, to the U.N., to political parties, involved companies and to the Christian churches. According to the Berlin-based Herero Israel Kaunatjike of the alliance „No Amnesty on Genocide!” the congress is a “key step towards expanding the decades-long fight for justice”.

During last year’s allied campaign, “Genocide is Genocide!”, over 50 NGO and 150 prominent figures in politics and academia in Germany had already lent their support to the demands of the Ovaherero and Nama for direct participation in the negotiations on the genocide issue.
Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (SPD), the former Development Minister, sent a greeting with a call for “moral and financial compensation” of the Ovaherero and Nama to the congress in Berlin. Ruprecht Polenz (CDU), the German government’s special representative, was invited to the congress but declined to take part in a panel discussion with the Ovaherero and Nama representatives or to meet the delegation during their stay in Berlin.

Contact: Israel Kaunatjike, Bündnis „Völkermord verjährt nicht!“, 0049-173-1035605 & Christian Kopp, Berlin Postkolonial, 0049-179-9100 976, buero@berlin-postkolonial.de
Attachments: Berlin Congress Resolution
Photos by:
J. Nguherimo (congress on 14./15.10. in Berlin’s Centre Francais de Berlin): https://www.flickr.com/photos/namibdesert/sets/72157671857378894/<a
O. Feldhaus (March on 16.10.): https://www.flickr.com/photos/petshoppetshop/sets/72157673973860422
J. Zeller (March on 16.10.): https://www.flickr.com/photos/148332649@N03/
B. Sauer-Diete (13.10. Protest outside DHM & March on 16.10.): https://www.flickr.com/photos/basspunk/30115685750/
More information on: http://genocide-namibia.net/

Open Letter to: The Special Envoys ……

In an Open Letter to the special envoys Mr. Polenz and Dr. Ngavirue, Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, and the Namibia Institute for Democracy, Mr. Festus Muundjua, a descendant of the 1904-1908 genocides victims, calls the ongoing negotiations between the German and Namibian a charade and an attempt to deceive the Namibian people and deny justice to the descendants of victims of the Ovaherero and Nama genocides. Mr. Muundjua cites the existence of a secret agreement between the German and Namibian governments that Germany does not have to pay reparations.

 

Restorative Justice After Genocide

 Non-Governmental Congress on the Ovaherero and Nama Genocides, 1904-08

 October 14-16, 2016, Centre Francais de Berlin, Germany

We are pleased to announce the Non-Governmental Congress on the Ovaherero and Nama Genocides, 1904-08, scheduled for October 14-16, in Berlin, Germany.

ABOUT

The congress will bring together, in solidarity and common purpose, black, white and African people in Germany with descendants of the victims of the Ovaherero and Nama genocides 1904-1908 from all over the world including Africa, Europe and America.

Inviting hosts of the congress are Berlin Postkolonial in cooperation with AfricAvenir International, the Ovaherero/Ovambanderu Genocide Foundation (OGF), the Nama Technical Committee on Genocide, the Association of the Ovaherero/Ovambanderu Genocide in the USA (OGA), the OvaHerero/Mbanderu and Nama Genocides Institute (ONGI), and the German NGO Alliance “No Amnesty on Genocide!”.

MAIN GOALS

The main goals of the Congress are:

  1. to reflect on the past struggle for restorative justice for the Ovaherero and Nama genocides.
  2. to evaluate recent developments and the present situation in Germany and Namibia with regard to the exclusion of Ovaherero and Nama from the genocide negotiations.
  3. to affirm the right of the Ovaherero and Nama communities to be directly involved in negotiating a comprehensive solution, including recognition of the genocides, a sincere apology and just reparations for the genocides.
  4. to chart a course for transnational actions to secure restorative justice and the repatriation of all Ovaherero and Nama human remains shipped to Germany.

 DATES and TIME

The congress will begin on Friday, October 14 at 2:00 pm and conclude on Sunday, October 16, at 1:00 pm. It will conclude with a march through Berlin on Sunday morning.

PROGRAM

Once finalized, the program will be posted on the websites of the inviting hosts: www.berlin-postkolonial.de & https://theongi.org/ & www.africavenir.org &  www.ovaherero-ovambanderugenocideassociation.org

PLACE / HOTEL

The congress will be held at the Centre Francais, 13349 Berlin, Germany, Müllerstraße 74. The associated Hotel de France is offering single & double rooms for Oct 14 & 15 at a congress rate: www.hotel-francais-berlin.de, phone: +49(0)30 417 29 0.

QUESTIONS / REGISTRATION/ INVITATIONS

For questions and registration please send an email to buero@berlin-postkolonial.de. Please register no later than September 14 and include your full name, affiliation, and telephone number. 

EXHIBITION

In Autumn 2016 there will be a major exhibition on German colonialism in Berlin. The opening event will be in the evening of Oct 13: www.dhm.de/en/ausstellungen/preview/german-colonialism.html