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Vol 63 No 2

Published 20th January 2022


Kapofi sparks outrage over genocide deal

The SWAPO government's defence of Berlin's compensation offer for its troops' genocide against the Herero and Nama fuels opposition, raising questions about a new hydrogen deal

Anger about the May 2021 genocide 'reconciliation' with Germany – under which Berlin is due to pay Namibia just €1.1 billion (US$1.3bn) over 30 years for its colonial massacres in 1904-8 – has been reignited by Defence Minister Frans Kapofi's defence of the deal. The row over the genocide deal and questions about its possible linkage to a pioneering but opaque hydrogen energy investment risks turning it into the first foreign relations farrago for the new government in Berlin in an era of growing awareness of colonial atrocities.

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