Genocide & Empire

 

Watch Waterberg to Waterberg  here *

 

Directed by Andrew Botelle      Co-narrated by Esi Schimming-Chase

There is no horror movie that can match the sheer terror that was colonial violence & destruction at the hands of European imperial powers. The death toll of these colonial conquests must be in the hundreds of millions. The dark-hearted King Leopold II of Belgium (“The “Butcher of Congo”) alone massacred over 10 million Congolese people!

Working on the same blood-thisty & imperialsitic calculus, Germany put its stake in the game of colonial expansion to keep up with her European rivals. This was all part of the macabre  Scramble for Africa – the invasion, occupation, colonization and annexation of African territory by European powers between 1881 and 1914.

As this totally engrossing documentary notes, the first Holocaust was not of the European Jews at the hands of the Germans, but the Herrero & Nama people of Namibia at the hands of the Germans shortly after the dawn of the 20th century. A conqueror’s greed & bloodlust is boundless as this documentary details. The opening segment serves as a portal to an almost forgotten page of colonial conquest. It also serves as a tribute to the ancestors for their courage & sacrifices – “It is everyones quest to find out who they really are.But the only way to find out who we really are,is to know about what happened in the past. So, I am following in your footsteps.I am following the road of bones.”-  Esi-Schimming-Chase, from “Waterberg to Waterberg” film

Allow yourself the time to absorb & reflect upon this crucial piece of history & bear in mind the adage, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Colonialism may be over, but neocolonialism is alive & well. It’s only the methods/tools that have changed–instead of using weapons to rip resources from foreign territories (Note: only as a last resort are weapons used), we have bilateral trade & investment agreements. The impact is almost the same – people get fucked.

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* (Related video:  Namibia Genocide and the German Second Reich )

 

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