Germany's Colonial Past in Africa Catches Up With It

More than a century since Germany's colonial empire committed numerous atrocities in Africa, the federal government is reportedly being forced to contend with its past head on. Beginning in 2015, negotiations have been ongoing between Namibia and Germany concerning reparations for the genocide of the Herero and Nama ethnic groups in the early 1900s. Between 1885 and 1919, Germany was the third-largest European colonial power in Africa after the United Kingdom and France. The German Empire stretched from South West Africa (modern-day Namibia) to German East Africa (which comprised the territory of today's Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, excluding the island of Zanzibar), as well as areas in modern day Togo, Ghana and Cameroon.


Herero prisoners of war, around 1900.

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