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Genocide discussions to be held in the U.S

by Staff Writer

The Association of the Ovaherero Genocide in the USA will host a panel discussion on the Nama/Herero genocide at the Columbia University (Columbia Law School) next week, The Villager has been informed.

Among a list of discussants, Advocate Vekuii Rukoro is slated to discuss the impact of the genocide on the Ovaherero people.

The discussion will be preceded by a screening of the documentary film, ‘Skulls of my People.”

Panelists will include all of the listed plaintiffs in the court case, their lead attorney, and a photojournalist who has documented the legacy of the genocide in Namibia.

Other speakers will include Nama leader Gaob David Frederick, Lawyer Kenneth F. McCallion, Photojournalist Kate Schoenbach, and PhD Candidate Howard R. Taylor.

Sponsored by the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability at Columbia University, the event aims to put this court case into context and will inter alia interrogate issues around: what the Ovaherero and Nama genocide is, the effect this continue to have in Namibia today as well as who is taking the German government to court, and why now?

The Nama/Herero genocide is recorded as the first genocide of the 20th Century which followed the famous extermination order issues by the imperial Germany General von Trotha leading to an ethnic cleansing of Namibians.

The case has been revisited by the Namibian people headed by the government in pursuit of justice albeit serious differences of opinion have marred the entire process.

However, what is apparent is that both government and the tribal leadership are determined to see the present Germany government taking responsibility and paying reparations to bury the past.

Latest discovery of skulls in the U.S was made a few weeks ago, and the genocide issue has managed to slowly make it in the mainstream global media with Al Jazeera having screened the documentary “Skulls of my people”.