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Yearbook 2002

Namibia. According to Countryaah website, the herero people filed a lawsuit in a US court against German companies, including Deutsche Bank, for the death of 65,000 hereros during the German colonial war 1904–07. Herero demanded $ 2 billion for the persecution they were subjected to.

2002 Namibia

In August, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, who led the government since N's independence in 1990, was dismissed. He was succeeded by Foreign Minister Theo-Ben Gurirab. President Sam Nujoma motivated the changes by saying that "big problems required urgent action".

The relatively prosperous N. had serious financial problems. The IMF said that weak growth of less than 3% is not enough to reduce poverty and reduce unemployment, which is around 35%. An economic setback was also the oil company Shell's decision to interrupt the search for natural gas in the sea. The deposits were not considered to be large enough for a profitable recovery.

During the autumn, the government increased the pressure on N's approximately 4,000 white farmers, who together own almost half the cultivable area in the country. President Sam Nujoma said he supported the disputed land reform in Zimbabwe and urged "the arrogant white farmers" to follow the government's land distribution program, which is based on voluntary land sales.

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