Weather blamed for damage to memorial stone at Shark Island


A police investigation has found that a memorial stone at Shark Island in Luderitz was damaged by the forces of the weather and not vandalism.

The memorial tombstone was recently erected in remembrance of the Nama and Herero victims of the German genocide war.

Station Commander of Luderitz, Chief Inspector Michael Amadhila, said, "Myself and the commander of CIU made inquiries from the security guard who was on duty at that moment, and we also found the official of NWR, I guess, and they confirmed that it was actually not an act of vandalism."

Research on Shark Island welcome


The Nama Traditional Leaders Association Chairperson, Gaob Johannes Isaack, has welcomed an investigation into the history of Shark Island, which the German Empire used as a concentration camp during the Nama and Herero Genocide of 1904–1908.

The investigation is being conducted by a London-based forensic architecture director, Professor Eyal Wiezman. Forensic Architecture is an independent university-based agency undertaking media and spatial research into instances of state violence and violations of human rights across the globe.

1904-1908 genocide victims tombstone unveiled


Descendants of victims of the 1904-1908 genocide unveiled a tombstone at Shark Island in remembrance of the tens of thousands of Nama and Herero-speaking Namibians killed by the then-German colonial settlers.

Hundreds of descendants of the Nama and Ovaherero people paid homage to the men and women who died at one of the most notorious concentration camps of the 20th century.

Prisoners at Shark Island were subjected to forced labor, including constructing the railway line between Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop under extreme conditions.