Swakopmund Genocide Museum Director mobilizes volunteers to restore unmarked graves


The Director of the Swakopmund Genocide Museum mobilised residents and visitors from all over the world to volunteer in a campaign to restore unmarked graves of the genocide victims.

Laidlaw Peringanda says thousands of Ovaherero, Nama, and San people were killed by German soldiers, while others perished in concentration camps between 1904 and 1908 at Swakopmund.

Peringanda's great-grandmother was a survivor of the genocide, and he recalls the horrific stories she narrated to the family.

ICJ orders Israel to avoid acts of genocide in Gaza


The International Court of Justice has ruled in favour of South Africa's request for emergency measures in its genocide case against Israel.

While the 17 judges of the ICJ did not rule on the allegations of genocide, a majority decision of the court did order Israel, among others, to take steps to prevent acts of genocide in its war in Gaza.

The court, however, did not order a ceasefire but requested that Israel allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.

High Court postpones genocide agreement challenge


The High Court has postponed to November a lawsuit, led by opposition politician Bernadus Swartbooi and traditional representatives of the Herero and Nama communities, challenging the legality of the 1904–1908 genocide joint declaration between the Namibian government and Germany.

This case involves multiple applicants, including Bernadus Swartbooi, Herero, and Nama traditional authorities, against the speaker of the National Assembly, the National Assembly, the President, the Cabinet, and the Attorney-General.

Presidency clarifies the genocide misleading reports


The Presidency has dismissed as unfounded and false reports that President Hage Geingob allegedly said Apartheid was worse than the 1904–1908 genocide committed against the Nama and Ovaherero communities by Germany.

Reports said Dr. Geingob allegedly made the statement during a lecture he delivered at the Sciences Po University in France two weeks ago. The Presidency says, contrary to these claims, that President Geingob did not compare the Apartheid regime of South Africa to the genocide carried out by Germany against the Nama and Ovaherero communities.

UN Special Rapporteurs issue report on genocide


Special Rapporteurs from the United Nations (UN) have confirmed that the participation rights of the Ovaherero and Nama people have been violated by the German and Namibian governments in terms of international law. The rapporteurs also urge the German government to grant reparations.

The Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA) and the Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA), through their legal representation, had earlier reached out to the international community, questioning the lawfulness of the two governments.

Nama and Ovaherero gather to commemorate 1904-1908 genocide victims


Descendants of the Nama and Ovaherero gathered at Lüderitz in the ||Kharas Region to commemorate 118 years since tens of thousands of their ancestors were killed by the Germans.

The three-day Genocide Remembrance, which started on Friday, was attended by the Ovaherero Traditional Authority and the Nama Traditional Leaders Association.

The Herero and Nama genocide was the massacre of more than 60,000 people on April 22, 1905, by German military forces ordered by General Lothar von Trotha.

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.

Leader of OTA faction Group Professor Katjiua calls on Ovaherero community to rally behind 


The leader of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority Faction Group, Professor Mutjinde Katjiua has called on the Ovaherero community to rally behind him as he fights for their rights. 

While addressing a faction of the OTA members in Okahandja, Professor Katjiua says, his people continue to live in poverty, due to a lack of opportunities and no land. 

German lawmaker accuses her government of using divide-and-rule tactics on genocide reparation 


A lawmaker in the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, has accused her country's government of using divide-and-rule tactics on the 1904–08 Nama/OvaHerero genocide reparation as the call for renegotiation intensified.

Sevim Dagdelen, a member of the Left Party who is in Namibia on a fact-finding mission, says Germany is doing everything to allegedly avoid responsibility for its colonial war crimes.