The Herero and Namaqua

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A country is crying its tears for a war that made their people suffer without food and peace. Namibia is home to the Herero and Namaqua ethnic groups. The barbaric disturbance of the Germans intruding on the land, which did not belong to them, is what caused the conflict between the Herero. The horrific treatment of the Germans towards the Herero felt right in the Germans state of mind but it was not fair at all. Even though the Germans already came up with the ultimate, plan to wipe out these people, just to make room for German settlers. Living in peace without fighting is all they wanted, when the Germans stripped their land from them, they decided to make war with the people who inhabited the land. Herero people knew they had to fight for their land that they inhabited long before Germany came. The Herero and Namaqua were two different ethnic groups with a purpose; they lived in perfect harmony, all of it soon ended. Intruders invaded their land because of territory and minerals that colonized the land of the Herero and Namaqua. “ A governor by the name of Theodor Leutwein became governor of the territory and underwent a period of rapid development, while Germany sent Schutztruppe, or imperial colonial troops, to pacify the region” (Herero Genocide, 1-3). At that time when Leutwein ruled, they lived in harmony without havoc. The Herero could not understand, why the Germans treat them as if they were better-quality than them “ On January 23, the Germans opened fire on the Herero for no cause, the German settlers were becoming impatient for more land so that they could build, live, and create their own environment” (Genocide & Second Reich). It started as a rebellion, but it now was becoming a war. Leutwein left before the ... ... middle of paper ... ...and they sat there for over an hour telling me of their hardships and privations. The German soldiers looked on, but did not interfere. I then gave the two natives a little food for their journey. They thanked me and then started to walk along the road slowly to Omaruru. When they had gone about 60 yards away from us, I saw Wolff, the under-officer, and a soldier taking aim at them. I called out, but it was too late. They shot both of them. I said to Wolff, “How on earth did you have the heart to do such a thing? It is nothing but cruel murder." He merely laughed, and said, “Oh! These swine must all be killed; we are not going to spare a single one “(Great Britain. Parliament 62-65). That can turn someone's stomach, referring to a person as swine is lacking in courtesy, saying that the Herero deserved it. No one should die that way and not by a gun for that matter.

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