NYC Ovaherero/Nama Genocide Case

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Raised by 27 people in 15 months
Created October 16, 2017
The Ovaherero and the Nama people are victims of the first 20th Century Genocide committed by Imperial Germany from 1904-1908, through written exterminations orders issued by Germany. It was a state-sanctioned crimes against humanity, carried and directed from Berlin, Germany. The Ovaherero and the Nama people have filed a complaint against Germany in a New York City Federal Court, seeking Restorative Justice. Arrogant, mighty Germany has done everything legally available to her, through the Hague Conventions, to frustrate the victims, who have spent their meagre resources to twice travel from Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa to New York City, only to have their day in court denied by mighty Germany. The funds raised will be spent on hotels, meals, and transportation for the Ovaherero and Nama delegations who will be traveling from Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa, for the next court hearing, scheduled for January 25th, 2018, in New York City. The funds will only be spent on the delegations coming from Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. A total of 30 persons are coming.  Germany is a powerful country, with powerful friends. But in America, we are all equal under the law. It is hoped that people of goodwill will find it in their hearts to help the Ovaherero and the Nama people face Germany in the court of law. No donation is too small.
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Update 15
Posted by Ngondi Kamatuka
12 months ago
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Friends this is my last update before I travel to New York City for the court hearing on the Ovaherero and Nama genocide complaint against Germany, on Thursday, January 25th, 2018. Germany through its lawyers filed a motion on the last minute to dismiss the Complaint. Update: the judge has dismissed Germany's motion to dismiss the case. What this means is that after three court hearings, arrogant Mighty Germany has been compelled, by our system of justice, to appear in court on January 25th, 2018. The Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Advocate Vekuii Rukoro, and Chief Johannes Isaack of the Nama Traditional Authorities will lead a delegation of 50 people from all over the world to the court. Twenty-five (25) of these people will travel with the two chiefs from Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. Your donation will help with room and board for the 25 people. No amount is too small, and I thank you all for your generosity. Safe travels, everyone.
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Update 14
Posted by Ngondi Kamatuka
12 months ago
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Usually, I post my weekly GoFundMe update on Sunday, but this time I have decided to post it on a Friday evening. Four events have played a major role in my decision to post the update tonight. First, it is with a heavy heart that I regret to inform the readers of my updates, that Gaob David Frederick, the leader of our Nama brothers and sisters went through his final graduation of his life cycle today in Namibia. We lost a brave son of the Namibian soil. He, along with Paramount Chief of the Ovaherero, Advocate Vekuii Rukoro, filed the Class Action Complaint against Mighty Germany in the Federal Court of New York City. He fought a good fight, and although he will not guide us with his wisdom across the finish line, at least he must be at peace, and with some satisfaction of knowing that the issue of reparations of the Nama and Ovaherero peoples, that he fought so hard for, was being finally pressed with the extreme urgency it deserved. Second, today the Federal Republic of Germany replied, through counsel, to the summons served on her by the US Embassy in Berlin. Mighty Germany has been compelled to appear in court, in order to avoid default judgment against her. Mighty Germany will be in court on January 25th, 2018. Third, on January 12, 1904, the Ovaherero forces attacked the German forces to cut loose the shackles of subjugation that Germany put on them. So, today is an important day for the Ovaherero people. Fourth, as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday on Monday, January 15th, and I believe humanity is well served when we are reminded of Dr. King, Jr’s words: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. After the Ovaherero revolted against their mistreatment, Germany spared no resources in its brutal campaign to annihilate the Ovaherero first, and the Nama people second. On June 11th, 1904, Lieutenant-General Adrian Lothar von Trotha, schooled in the proud Prussian military tradition, arrived in South West Africa, present day Namibia, with 14,000 strong German troops to carry out Kaiser Wilhelm II’s command. That command exhibited itself in the written Extermination Orders that were issued against the Ovaherero and the Nama peoples in1904 and 1905 respectively. The war of genocide lasted from 1904-1908, and even though it was announced in advance, the world did not lift a finger and did not condemn Germany for the first twentieth-century genocide of the world. The Ovaherero and the Nama peoples faced incessant abuse, which included rape, wanton killing, twisted human experimentation, banishment, and the confiscation of their land and cattle without any compensation by German troops and settlers. To secure Restorative Justice, the Ovaherero and the Nama peoples will meet arrogant Mighty Germany in a New York City courtroom on January 25th, 2018. Your donation will pay for room and board of the Ovaherero and the Nama genocide descendants who are traveling from Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa to face Germany in our courts, where everyone is equal before the law, no matter how “mighty or powerful” you are. No donation is too small. I will provide final update on January 19th, 2018. I thank you all in advance.
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Update 13
Posted by Ngondi Kamatuka
12 months ago
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January 7th, 2018 GoFundMe Update
Well, today is Sunday, and that means it is time for me to provide my weekly update on the GoFundMe fundraising in support of the Class Action Complaint filed by Vekuii Rukoro, Paramount Chief of the Ovaherero, David Frederick, Chief and Chairman of the Nama Traditional Authorities Association, and the Association of the Ovaherero Genocide in the USA, on behalf of all the Ovaherero and Nama people world-wide, against the Federal Republic of Germany. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court of Southern District of New York. This time, I will provide statement of facts and quote from the complaint itself. “Imperial Germany first established its colony in Southwest Africa in 1883, and then signed a treaty with the Chief of the Ovaherero tribe, Kamaharero, on October 21, 1885. Interestingly, the treaty was signed on behalf of Imperial Germany by Heinrich Ernst Goring, the Colonial Governor and father of Nazi Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goring. By the way, Hermann Goring was conceived in Namibia, but was born in Germany. “Germany’s impetus to expand into Africa in the late 1880s was fueled largely by the concept of “Lebensraum (“living space”) espoused by German geographer Friedrich Ratzel, which was based upon the misguided belief in German biological and racial supremacy and insisted that Germany and its “Volk ohne Raum” (“people without space”) had an obligation to colonize other lands to create “living space” needed to cure Germany’s urban overcrowding. Although Hitler later expanded this concept with deadly efficiency during the Third Reich, it first took root in the German colonization of South West Africa.” Imperial Germany issued written Extermination Orders against the Ovaherero in October 1904, and issued a second one against the Nama people in May 1095. Kaiser Wilhelm II appointed Lothar von Trotha as Supreme Commander of German forces. He arrived in Namibia on June 11, 1904, with an expeditionary force of 14,000 troops. These troops were responsible for the killing of 81% of the Ovaherero, and 50% of the Nama people. Finally, in seeking Restorative Justice, the Ovaherero and the Nama people will meet Mighty Germany in a New York City court in 18 days, on January 25th, 2018. The fundraising campaign will only help pay for the room and board expenses of the Ovaherero and Nama representatives traveling from Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa to have their day in court against Germany in New York. No amount is too small.
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Update 12
Posted by Ngondi Kamatuka
12 months ago
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The thermometer reads 5 degrees Fahrenheit, -15 degrees Celsius, in Lawrence, Kansas. However, as cold as it might be, it is time for my weekly update and appeal for financial support to help the descendants of the Ovaherero and Nama genocide victims committed by Imperial Germany from 1904-1908.
Exactly 26 days from today, the descendants of the victims will meet the perpetrator, Mighty Germany, in a New York City federal court. Twice, in June and October 2017, Mighty Germany has failed to show up at the court hearings, a behavior clearly intended to frustrate and bankrupt the descendants financially. This time around, Germany is obligated by The Hague Conventions to appear through counsel. The descendants have limited financial resources, and they do not receive any financial support from any quarters. However, by selling off their cattle, and other belongings, they showed up in court in June and October 2017, and they intend to show up on January 25th, 2018.
As a person who believes in the goodness of humanity, I decided to set up a GoFundMe campaign to help the victims with room and board expenses while they are in New York City, seeking Restorative Justice from arrogant, Mighty Germany. As I have indicated before, your donation will only be used to help those who are traveling from Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. No amount is too small, and your donation will help the victims of the first twentieth century genocide have their day in court. Happy New Year, humanity.
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