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Germany returns Namibia genocide skulls

Germany has handed back the human remains of indigenous people killed during a genocide in colonial Namibia more than 100 years ago.

A Namibian government delegation received the remains at a church service in the German capital, Berlin.

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There are thought to be hundreds of Namibian skulls in Germany and on Wednesday more than 25 remains were handed back.

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The bones had been sent to Germany for now-discredited research to prove the racial superiority of white Europeans.

Tens of thousands of Herero and Nama people were murdered in response to an anti-colonial uprising. Their descendants are still waiting for an apology from the German government.

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Skulls from Germany’s other African colonies, including modern day Cameroon, Tanzania, Rwanda and Togo, were also used in the discredited studies.

The genocide began in 1904 after a Herero and Nama rebellion in response to the German expropriation of their land and cattle.

 

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