The problem is that communities who continue to be most affected by the violent past have not been involved in negotiations.
An oral history based biography of a survivor of colonial genocide in Namibia indicates instances of humanity during an entirely inhumane era.
The question of land has been hotly contested in Namibia ever since independence.
The third repatriation of human remains in August this year was another missed opportunity for reconciliation between Germany and Namibia.
In mid-2015 the German Foreign Office after decades of denial seemingly acceded, in a very informal way, to labelling what had happened in South West Africa as genocide, is now backtracking.
Representatives of Namibian communities affected by the 1904-1908 genocide have filed a class action against Germany in the US seeking reparations for atrocities committed by Imperial Germany