'Skulls of my People' - The Namibian genocide and the struggle for reparations

The documentary Skulls of My People is set to make its African debut at the Rapid Lion Film Festival on Tuesday evening.

The film which has already won global accolades, highlights once again the level of urgency the case of the Herero and Nama is attracting at an international level.

Efforts by the ovaHerero to have Germany pay reparations for the massacre of 110 000 of the Herero and Nama people of Namibia by German troops nearly 120 years ago, has now reached its 27th year.

Germany finally apologized for the 1904 - 1907 genocide last year, but negotiations with the Namibian government are ongoing and expected to be completed this year.

ovaHerero paramount chief Vekuii Rukoro, says the government has refused any direct negotiations with the ovaHerero and descendants, claiming the group is a non-sovereign entity.

This has lead to a class action lawsuit.

More than 3000 skulls of Herero and Nama were sent to German universities for experimentation.

Some of the skulls have been returned but demands by the ovaHerero to have the research reports have reached a dead end.

120 odd years later, healing will start when the offender acknowledges its guilt.

Paramount Chief Adv. Rukoro

We are not only descendants of the act of genocide, we are direct victims of that act that has plunged us into generational poverty.

Paramount Chief Adv. Rukoro

Listen to the full interview below...


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