(PDF/EBOOK) [Mama Namibia] ¾ Mari Serebrov

Proper passages from Isaiah and the Psalms Your dead will live again my corpses will arise Awake and sing dwellers of dust For the dew of light is Your dew and the arth will give forth the dead And He is merciful atones for sin and does not destroy freuently turns away His anger and does not arouse all His wrath Being careful not to step on any graves I walk over to the granite tablet shaped stone marking Mama s resting place The tombstone is covered with the pebbles Papa has left on his many visits I begin the prayers for Mama but the words seem to apply to me as much as to her And the Lord will always guide you and satisfy your soul in scorched places and resurrect your bones And you will be like a watered garden and like a spring of waters that never fail From you will rebuild the ancient ruins the generations old foundations you will re Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, establish They will call you the repairer of the breach the restorer of the ways of civilization Rest in peace until the coming of the Consoler Who will proclaim peace and I finish the memorial prayer May her repose be in paradise May the Lord of Mercy shelter her under the cover of His wings forever and bind in the bond of life her soul The Lord is her heritage May she rest in peace on her resting place I take the pebble out of my pocket and put it alongside all those left by Papa At the gate of the cemetery I ritually cleanse myself of death Back in Namibia we learn of Johohora s own ancient rituals and practices of daily life such as this termite gathering techniue when they find a termite hill Mama takes the hollow branch I found and fills it with the dry grass She puts it in front of the main opening Then she strikes the flint stones againstach other causing a spark that lights the grass As it begins to burn Karemarama and I uickly get grass to build the fire We hold the big calabash close to the fire so we can catch the winged termites that try to scape the heat They swarm out all at once right into our calabash Mama covers the calabash with a skin so none of the termites can scape By time we get back to the camp the aunties have made a fire and are ready to roast the insects Mama carefully releases the termites into a hot pan As the termites roast an auntie gently tosses them into the air so their thin wings fall off and float away The now wingless termites drop back into the pan While termites taste good their wings don t One time I ate a termite that still had its wings They stuck to the top of my mouth I had to pull hard to get them out Kov completes his training and is ready to serve his homeland already learning that he will not be treated like those few doctors with family connections or years of distinguished service who will work out of the main German hospital in Windh k Rather As part of Major von Glasenapp s first and fourth seebatallions I ll be one of ight surgeons with the Marine Infantry Company We ve been assigned to mobile field hospitals which are basically glorified ox carts Even a few weeks in South West Africa will not be asy under these conditions He is given his uniform My insignia that of the surgeon is a serpent wrapped around a pole the healing stave of Moses What irony I think as I affix it above the top stripe of the sleeve The military with its deep anti Semitism mbracing a symbol that s so Judaic Before leaving Kov marries and after he ships off he s delivered of a son for whom he prays Our God and the God of our fathers preserve this child for his father and mother and his name in Israel shall be called David ben Yaakov Give thanks to God for He is good for His kindness is ternal May this small infant David grow and become great As you have come into the Covenant of Abraham so may you come into Torah into marriage and into good deeds David is now part of the Covenant that binds our family through the generations to Abraham Once in SW Africa Kov s journey begins Because my own son was served springbok for dinner almost very night for the two months he lived with a host family during his training I marked this passage when one of the officers shoots his gun The animals spring into the air running and jumping swiftly across the veld The officer laughs That s why they re called springbok he says I njoyed being introduced to Namibia along with our Kov learning about trees like the camelthorn tree which is actually named for giraffes as they at the leaves using their highly specialized tongues which nable them to the thorns using highly specialized tongues which Buried enable them to avoid the thorns tree also has seed pods and the seeds can be ground to make a substitute for coffee and who doesn t love that As hexperiences the vast number of stars in the pure darkness of an African night Kov waxes I m reminded of God s promise to Abraham I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed and they shall inherit it forever I imagine Abraham looking up at a desert sky and pondering that promise I sleep somehow comforted by the knowledge that my family is part of that covenant made thousands of years ago in a desert very much like this one So now you begin to see the parallels merging between the oppressed paths of our protagonists As does our protagonist so my son too lived in Okahandja for his two months of training so I felt partial to this Headuartered at the fort in Okahandja Trotha spends weeks drilling the troops and plotting strategy with his top officers The general seems to revel in the irony of uartering in the home of Samuel Maharero and in the town that was the setting for the start of the uprising It also was here that G ring first signed the treaty with Samuel s father promising to protect the Herero from their nemies It was here that treaty with Samuel s father promising to protect the Herero from their nemies It was here that St rmer opened a beer garden next to the Wecke Voigts store knowing he was ncroaching on the sacred burial grounds of the Herero chiefs And it was here that according to some accounts Lieutenant Z rn pushed Samuel and his men to take up arms against the settlers All of which give clues as to the insidious forces at play in the name of conuerors We read about a history which has been playing out in this country and on this continent for centuries And when scouting parties ncounter peaceful Herero they bring them in neck chains to the prison camp that lies within view of Moordkoppie a rock outcropping where a band of Herero were slaughtered half a century ago while defending their lands from other invaders As our doctor and his troops join the others in spreading out and annihilating any native they come across our two protagonist s paths will intersect but I ll leave the plot to your reading of it Suffice to say the desert will prove an opponent worthy of them both Kov laments We move as if in a daze going through the motions of life without really living When I look around at what we ve become I once again wonder who is the civilized The German Or the Herero Yes we Germans build houses and mpires But we rape and murder women and children We kill the aged and the infirm We trample their bones and leave their flesh for the beasts All because we see them as an inferior race One that stands in the way of our progress Is this who I so desperately wanted to be Is this why I left my family Again with the kittel Drawing me to the fire Alexander notices my surgical coat and smiles Not uite a kittel he says but it works As the war rages on Kov learns of this Concentration camps The term is new to me They re prison camps modeled after the ones the English used in the Boer Wars We re basically concentrating hundreds if not thousands of Herero into small prison camps here in Windh k and along the coast he tells me as he che. Rica Since the Herero would rather fight than surrender their ancestral homes Gen von Trotha has declared that they all should be forced into the Omaheke to die Wasting awa. ,

This important story has not been told often nough the history of the Herero genocide is still but invisible in the usual narratives of history and yet it is one of the most telling stories in colonial history understanding this book reveals that white supremacy and racism is not about white people fearing black people but instead about white people being utterly convinced of their own superiority white people truly believe they are superior and have therefore a RIGHT to torture and maim others whenever they want this story needs to become much part of world history than it currently is and Serebrov had done a good job of narrating the full horror I won t be surprised if this take gives me nightmares it is overwhelming This is a book I am passionate about given that my son is currently living in Namibia where he is serving in the Peace Corps but also because this is a chapter of history that has largely been ignored and of which many are ignorant If that is true for you as it was for me I ncourage you to read this well written ngaging and informative book about a shameful chapter from the past Between the years of 1904 8 German imperial soldiers massacred thousands of Herero and Nama in what is referred to as the first genocide of the 20th century Certainly you d be hard pressed to find people who have never heard of the genocide the Germans inflicted on the Jews during WW2 so why is it that the world knows little to nothing about the Germans annihilating 80% of the Herero people and 50% of the population of the Nama people only a few decades arlier I can only surmise that it s because these were African people aka savages Shame on us all When veryone is uick to agree that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it perhaps it would have changed the world had we only thought to pay attention Namibia was so named in 1968 but only achieved independence from South Africa in 1990 But what was then called German South West Africa was a German colony from 1884 to 1915 In what is a common story for most colonized countries including America people like the Native Americans or the Herero get along for awhile or not and ventually there is a spark that ignites an inferno In this case the spark was when the Herero became incensed by crimes committed by German settlers igniting a revolt in 1904 that resulted in them killing than a hundred Germans over several days The Nama people joined them in their revolt the following year fanning the flames Enter the inferno German troops targeting and killing around 100000 people from the Herero and Nama communities in 1904 5 As the fire spread the German imperial rulers responded ruthlessly Generals issued A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, extermination orders and rounded up tens of thousands of Herero and Nama people and placed them in prison camps Around 100000 people arestimated to have died in the camps and many of their skulls were sent to Germany for scientific research The German government has since used the term genocide to describe the killings and many of the skulls were returned to Namibia in 2011 Mama Namibia is the tale of two alternating stories both told in first person to great ffect by Serebrov One protagonist is a 12 year old Herero girl Jahohora who will be forced to flee into the desert with her family and the other is a young German Jew Kov who wants to be accepted by his homeland so he becomes a doctor joins the army and is shipped off to German South West Africa to serve his country in their war against the Herero peopleLike other African tribes the Herero have historically practiced the alteration of their teeth typically by knocking out the bottom four and filing their top teeth into points said to resemble a swallow And so our story begins with our protagonist confirming this alteration of her father whom she calls by the universal term for that very word Tate smiles I see his pointed front teeth His tate and mama filed his top teeth and knocked out his bottom teeth when he was a little boy I don t want Tate and Mama to DO THAT TO MY TEETH IT WOULD HURT WE that to my teeth It would hurt We the most ancient of Herero stories here the creation story that most cultures some version of I sit on the ground as Mama begins the story On first day Njambi Karunga called the first ancestors from the trunk of the omumborombonga tree One by one they stepped from the sacred tree Mukuru and Kamangarunga the first Herero tate and mama stepped from the tree Then the first Berg Damara tate and mama The first Nama tate and mama The first tate and mama of the Ovambo The first tate and mama of very tribe on Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies earth Considering that my other house is a yurt I particularly appreciated thisxplanation for the traditional round house the rondavel At last the baby house is done It s round like our house A round house keeps snakes away because it makes no shadows where snakes can hide Tjikuu says Herero who build suare houses like white people are foolish Round houses bring good luck They re like nature We are treated to wise and poetic uotations such as this about truth It is up to us to choose what is right No one can make us at a lie Or this about sunrise and "sunset Yesterday touches tomorrow in arly morning and when the sun goes to sleep Or this "Yesterday touches tomorrow in The Power Of A Choice early morning and when the sun goes to sleep Or this death Lots of people come to tell Tjikuu stories about Tjikuume They tell about good things and bad things Tjikuume did I ask Mama why It gives balance to his life she says And it helps clean our sadness Switching to Kov we find him being raised as a Jew the only child of a famous N remburg spielwarenmachers as they call artisans like his father who is asked by an important man whonters their shop one day to craft the little tin figures of the German officials who were the first to govern South West Africa This man a Count will have great influence over Kov who says of this first ncounter He handed Papa some photographs of Reichskommissar G ring surrounded by African Herero for Papa to use as a guide There are two sides to very story and the author does a good job of presenting both sides of this colonial conflict Kov becomes a freuent guest at the Count s castle where one day they are visited at the Count s castle where one day they are visited Goring who recounts what he has xperienced of the growing conflict in SW Africa So arly that October we all headed to Okahandja to negotiate a treaty with the chief but when we got there he refused to see us He was too busy preparing for a meeting with the Witboois The Whiteboys Christof asks struggling with the pronunciation G ring sips from the stein that is always close by Hendrik Witbooi was the chief of the Nama and the arch The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right enemy of the Herero chief The two were always fighting over land and cattle As a Kittel I m always happy to read any reference to our name which is a ceremonial robe wencounter here as Kov prepares to visit his mother s grave I stand in front of an old mirror adjusting the white kittel over my dark suit I also particularly Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling enjoyed the many times he walks us through Jewish rituals and recites traditional prayers such as this As I reach the graveyard I pick up a pebble and pocket it Then I do the ritual cleansing washing my hands at the pump provided for that purpose Entering the gate I recite the customary blessing Blessed are You the Lord our God King of the universe Who fashioned you in justice nourished and sustained you in justice Who knows your total count in justice and Who in the future will revive and keep you alive in justice Blessed are You the Lord Who resurrects the dead And as a mother to a son named Isaiah I alwaysnjoy reading passages from the Biblical book of the same name I find new comfort in the ancient words I ponder their meaning before continuing with the. Surviving on her own in the desert 12 year old Jahohora searches for her family while hiding from the German soldiers It's 1904 and Germany has claimed all of South West Af.

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Cks my pulse In her post script Serebrov informs General von Trotha nearly succeeded in his Monsieur Pain efforts toxterminate the Herero Over a span of just a few years than 60000 Herero or 85 percent of the tribe died While thousands were killed by German troops countless met death in the desert or German concentration camps The remnants were forced to work for German settlers or condemned to a life of xile in surrounding countries As for Samuel Maharero he was allowed to return to the land of his fathers only in death Although these vents unfolded than a century ago the children grandchildren and great grandchildren of the Herero who survived still live with the conseuences of the genocide Once a proud powerful force in the land that was to become Namibia today the Herero make up about 10 percent of the Namibian population Much of the land their herds once grazed is still farmed by the descendants of the German colonizers And for than a hundred years many of the bones of their ancestors collected from the death camps or dug up from their graves have been the property of German universities and museums Twenty skulls gathered for Dr Eugen Fischer s research were finally returned to the Herero in October 2011 One was that of a four year old boy Germany partially apologized in 2004 accepting political and moral responsibility for the past and colonial guilt While it has given generously to Namibia in foreign aid Germany refuses to pay reparations for a genocide it has yet to officially admit In 2007 members of the von Trotha family met with Herero leaders to offer their own apology We all bear the same family name and that is reason nough to deal with historical facts associated with General Lothar Wolf Thilo von Trotha chairman of the von Trotha Family Association said at that meeting We the members of the von Trotha family are ashamed of the terrible vents that took place a hundred years ago We deeply regret what happened to your people and also to the Nama and Damara the cruel and unjustified death of thousands of men women and children Along with books about the under reported Armenian genocide this terrible chapter should be added to history ducation textbooks worldwide Run don t walkK3 I ve read this book while travelling in Namibia I really loved the different parallels between the story of Johohora and Kov s story and also between the Herero s genocide and the Holocaust But most of all I really njoyed learning about the Hereros way of life At this time when the memory of the Rwandan genocide is celebrated and when Burkina Faso where I live is being confronted for the first time in its history by Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. ethnic violence and mass atrocities reading Mama Namibia feels awkwardly closeThe genocide of the Herero and the Nama perpetrated by the Germans was not unknown to me but this novel brought many insights It is probably one of the topics fiction is better in dealing with than non fiction I liked the way Serebrov depicted the cultural traditions and values of the proud Herero people their relation to the land the ancestors and their pacific tendencies I also did like the parallel drawn between the persecutions of Jews and thextermination of Herero This first genocide of the 20th century truly was only a repetition of the system of destruction that would be put in place in the second world warMore than 50 years after decolonization it is about time for former colonial powers to recognize the mass human suffering caused and to stop pretending being innocent and benevolent Although I initially struggled to get into this book for my personal lack of knowledge on Namibian historical facts I found it profoundly ngaging and an absolute masterpiece It describes Herero and Jewish traditions in a beautiful religious parallel where the ancestors are central to the ssence of these two peoples during Germany s occupation of South West Africa What the Germans did in this land is truly horrific the repeated history of brutal colonisers regardless of their nationality claiming the land for a superior race I did not know about the Herero Genocide and I must thank the author for her outstanding research nabling me and other readers hopefully to unearth this from a not so distant path I particularly commend the author for the different use of linguistic styles to show the volution of the central Herero character Jahorora from baby girl in her village amidst the Herero tribes to woman at the service of a Christian family Kov s parallel life in Germany his religious background and his Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, experience in the German army as a doctor are seen through theyes at first Of A Young Idealist a young idealist then through the yes Of A Grown Man A Brilliantly Described Evolution I Could a grown man a brilliantly described volution I could hold back the tears at the nd This book made me so angryFirstly Jahohora saved herself in the desert all those years that chance meeting with Kov was very insignificant So insignificant that it shouldn t ven have been included in the bookSecondly the author worked very hard at making the reader feel sorry for Kov a Jewish German doctor serving on the German side We are made to feel sorry for him from the time he leaves Germany to go serve in Namibia with verything that he witnesses in the war or like in the wiping out of the Herero he is made to seem powerless yet sympathetic towards the Herero yet he continues to move with the German soldiers healing them stands aside and watches as they dehumanize the HereroIn the nd this Jewish German man wins he walks away a winner He has a son and wife waiting for him at home his life is just as it was at home when he left He can Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition even have his old life back as soon as he is tired of the one he has in Namibia He mightven move to another African country and start over with his family and go play the white messiah there Life for him carries on unlike for the Herero girl Jahohora and many like her who have lost so much and now have to live as slaves to the Germans and missionaries Not once are we made to feel sorry for this poor girl who lost Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom everything instead we are made to feel sorry for poor Kov Thevents in Namibia German South West Africa in the arly 1900s are told in all of its horror I am ashamed I knew nought about this genocide of the Herero peopleThe narration is shared jointly between Jahohora a teenage girl who survives 2 years in the desert avoiding the Germans and Kov a Jewish doctor in the German invading army who has joined to prove his loyalty to his country I liked the way the two characters only come across ach other twice and then only for fleeting momentsIt s a brutal book but it s a tale that needed to be told fictional story based on facts I gained a lot of knowledge The first part of this book was a little slow It didn t pick up until the middle To read about what the Germans did to the Herero had me in shock I njoyed the topic just not the way the story was presented This is a story of genocide and colonialism I will have thoughts on this book shortlyBut two thoughts came to mind immediately after reading this was a fascinating compelling read on the genocide of the Herero people and the book blurb does not so this book justice as I would have asily overlooked this book it it was not a book club pick Mama Namibia is based on the vents which took place during Germany s control of the country we now call Namibia at the start of the 20th Century We view the genocide through the yes of two people Jahohora a young Herero girl fighting for survival and Kov a Jewish doctor serving in the German army Following Jahohora as her people fight to preserve their freedom culture and land there is the deep feeling of the loss and destitutio. Y in the desert Jahohora is about to give up her desperate struggle for life when she finds hope in a simple act of kindness from a Jewish doctor serving in the German army. Mama Namibia