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Namibia’s Herero take Germany to US court over ‘forgotten genocide’

Herero and Nama people in official dress gather outside Manhattan court to hear oral arguments in a court case over a genocide Germany committed against their people between 1904 and 1908.
Herero and Nama people in official dress gather outside Manhattan court to hear oral arguments in a court case over a genocide Germany committed against their people between 1904 and 1908. Jessica Le Masurier

It’s been called the precursor to the Holocaust, and the "forgotten genocide". The massacre of the Herero and Nama people at the hands of colonialists in German South West Africa - know known as Namibia - is considered the first genocide of the 20th Century. Descendants of the genocide are seeking reparations from Germany through the US legal system. Jessica Le Masurier explains how the case ended up in a New York court. 

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