– Namibia: Shark Island declared National Heritage site!

Shark Island, a small peninsula adjacent to the coastal city of Lüderitz in Namibia, has become a National Heritage site. The country’s Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Ester Anna Nghipondoka, officially announced the declaration on site in Lüderitz on 11 March 2020. Shark Island already received its status as National Heritage site on 15 February 2019.
Shark Island was used by the German empire as a concentration camp (1905 – 1907) during the Herero and Namaqua genocide of 1904 – 1908. By that time the island was also known as “Death Island” due to stories of its brutal conditions and the death toll.

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