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    More than a hundred years ago, German soldiers killed tens of thousands of indigenous people in what is now Namibia.

    Last week, Germany apologised for the genocide, and agreed to pay 1.3 billion dollars for infrastructure projects over the next 30 years.

    But Namibia’s Vice President says that’s nowhere near enough.

    So how should countries confront atrocities committed in the past?

    Presenter: Sohail Rahman


    Pena Brock – Project Consultant, Namibia Institute for Democracy

    Henning Melber – Senior Research Associate, Nordic Africa Institute

    Phil Clark – Co-Director at the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, SOAS University of London

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