Updated: Jun 2, 2021
During the early 1900s, Germany killed a reported 80,000 indigenous people of the Republic of Namibia, a nation located in Southern Africa - bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Angola to the north, Zambia, and Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south. Before securing its independence in 1990, Namibia Was named German South-West Africa and then South-West Africa, correlating with the colonial occupation by the Germans and the South Africans.
On May 28, 2021, more than a century after Germany’s genocide against Namibia‘s natives, Germany has now decided to recognize the massacre and ethnic cleansing the nation committed against the Herero and Nama ethnic groups as genocide. Germany has opted to pay €1.1 billion ($1.3 billion) in reparations to Namibia and the descendants of those killed by Germany and to help Namibia with reconstruction and development. The German government has asked Namibia to forgive Germany for its crime against the people of Namibia.