Sat. May 18th, 2024

Welcome to Foreign Policy’s Africa Brief. The highlights this week: Namibian leaders call for talks with Germany over reparations for the Herero and Nama genocide, Nigerian security forces search for nearly 300 kidnapped children, and Kenya puts its mission to Haiti on hold. If you would like to receive Africa Brief in your inbox every Wednesday, please sign up here. Fresh Calls for Dialogue on Namibia Land Reform Namibian leaders from the Herero and Nama communities have called for fresh talks with Germany over the return of ancestral land seized more than a century ago. In the early 1900s, German settlers pushed locals off their lands in what was then named German South West Africa—now Namibia—driving some into what were then the British territories of modern-day Botswana and South Africa. Members of two ethnic groups—the Herero and Nama—resisted and were starved to death or put into concentration camps. Namibian women were made to boil the severed heads of their dead so that the skulls could be sent to Berlin for research. An estimated 80 percent of the Herero and 50 percent of Nama population were killed between 190…

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