German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Germany will support Namibia and the descendants of the Herero and Nama victims with €1.1 billion ($1.3 billion) for reconstruction and development and ask for forgiveness for the "crimes of German colonial rule." Germany will also begin to admit that the atrocities committed against the ethnic groups were an act of genocide.
"These are very positive developments in light of a very long process that has been accelerated over the past five years. People will never forget this genocide; they live with it. And this is an important process in terms of healing those wounds," Namibian presidential press secretary Alfredo Hengari told CNN.
However, opposition political parties have labelled the German government's offer to make amends for the brutal extermination of Ovaherero and Nama people between 1904 and 1908 an “insult to Namibia.” German imperial troops killed tens of thousands of Herero and Nama more than 100 years ago, which is widely regarded as the first genocide of the 20th century and a forerunner to the German atrocities of World War II.