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The genocide of the Herero and Nama people in Namibia is often called the first of the 20th century. It is also perhaps the least well-known. Following a revolt led by Samuel Maharero and Hendrik Witbooi, German troops exterminated 85 percent of the Herero people, and several thousand Nama between 1904 and 1907.
In 2004 and 2015, the German government acknowledged that a genocide had taken place in its former colony, but refused even to consider reparations. Since then, descendants of the Herero and Nama victims have filed a lawsuit in New York. What apparently spurred this move was a decision by the German government to enter into negotiations with the Namibian government without including them in the process.