by Mayimuna Nabagereka
We are free to draw many examples in the world, both before and after the World Wars, but the point is, there has been a claim of moral responsibility for the crimes that a government of some sort commits against a people of other nations. The time for which these atrocities were committed is immaterial.
The Maji Maji war comes to mind, when the expensively armored German army murdered a local (Tanganyikan) people who had protested the oppressive colonial life. We have heard this debate with reference to the Mau Mau in Kenya.
For example, we have heard that close to 50 chiefs representing the local allies of the Maji Maji war were captured and ruthlessly murdered before their followers. Not to mention the many others from different tribes to died in that war.
All former colonial masters subdued and subjugated the locals using brutal force and other means.
Arguably the Portuguese were more brutal than other European colonialists in administering their rule in their colonies.
Greece is demanding more reparations for the atrocities of the Nazi during the 2nd World War….Namibia the same for the extermination of the Herero and Nama.
Africans should ask for compesation from colonialists.I think this can be coordinated at Continental level. AU should think about coordinating this.
1. Have the Germans ever accepted publicly what they did was committing atrocities against humanity?
2. Did they apologize to the people who were affected by these atrocities?
3. With reference to international law or issues/principles of moral responsibility in general are they not supposed to pay reparations to the families of those chiefs and people who died for legitimately fighting for their freedom?