OTA (2024-05-29): Press Statement on 28 May as Genocide Remembrance Day

Screenshot Ovaherero Traditional Authorities OTA press statement 29 May 2024 Genocide Remembrance Day 28 May


(…) the detractors should not confused [sic] the genocides committed against the Ovaherero and Nama people with an imaginable genocide committed against Namibians as a nation, which does not exist! The genocides in the present-day Namibia were committed against the Ovaherero ethnic group of Ehi rOvaherero (Hereroland) and equally the Nama ethnic group of Great Namaqualand.

The day on which the Extermination Order was issued agains [sic] the Ovaherero people was 2 October 1904. It is the day whose consequences we suffer today. It is the day that the Ovaherero people have memorialized over the past 20 years. (…) Because of the importance of this day, the Chief’s Council of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority in its meeting at Okahandja on 12 April 2024, through a resolution, reaffirmed this day to be the day that Ovaherero people will commemorate (…).


It is agains [sic] this background that the Ovaherero Traditional Authority rejects the proposed “National Genocide Remembrance Day” (…).



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