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  • Our Demands

    Grave of Songea Mbano within the Maji Maji museum in the town of Songea

    List of demands on the occasion of the visit of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Songea (Tanzania) on 01.11.2023

    Preamble

    Tanzania was part of the colony "German East Africa" from 1885 to 1918. Violence, illegitimate land seizures, civilising missions, exploitative policies and interventions in established socio-cultural systems left their mark in Tanzania as well as in Germany.

  • Maji-Maji

    Karte des Gebietes des Maji-Maji-Kriegs

    Steinmeier must acknowledge colonial injustice in Tanzania

    Press release by Tanzania-Network.de e.V., Berlin Postkolonial e.V. and Flinn Works on the occasion of the German President's visit to Tanzania from 30.10.

  • Maji-Maji

    Karte des Gebietes des Maji-Maji-Kriegs

    Steinmeier muss koloniale Unrechtsherrschaft in Tansania anerkennen

    Pressemitteilung von Tanzania-Network.de e.V., Berlin Postkolonial e.V. und Flinn Works anlässlich der Tansania-Reise des Bundespräsidenten vom 30.10.

  • Erwartungen an den Besuch von Bundespräsident Steinmeier

    Tansania und Deutschland

    Mnyaka Sururu Mboro, Vorstandsmitglied bei Berlin Postkolonial
    „Es ist an der Zeit, dass sich Deutschland unmissverständlich zu seiner kolonialgeschichtlichen Verantwortung bekennt und den Worten dann auch Taten folgen lässt. Wir wollen nicht nur unsere entführten Ahnen und Kulturschätze zurück, wir wollen auch eine Entschädigung für das, was unwiederbringlich zerstört worden ist.“

  • 2005: 100 years Maji-Maji-War

    DEPO Reader Kolonialismus

    On the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war, a number of commemorative events were held in Germany and Tanzania through the initiative of civil society, academia and religions. From the state side, there was vanishingly little initiative in both countries. Here are some examples of non-governmental commemorative events in Germany

  • Dealing with the colonial heritage in Tanzania

    Mangi Meli Memorial

    Tanzanian scholars began researching the Maji Maji War and interviewing contemporary witnesses immediately after independence. The Maji Maji Research Project (1967 - 1969) laid the foundation for the study of the war and its consequences. Schools, hospitals and streets were renamed after anti-colonial resistance fighters and monuments were erected - such as the one for Kinjikitile Ngwale in Kilwa Kivinje.

  • Short- and long-term effects

    Zebras and giraffe in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

    Consequences of the war included famine, homelessness, increased infant mortality, and ecological consequences. The spread of bush and game resulted in a decrease in arable land and an increase in disease-carrying tse-tse flies. Political and social structures were permanently destroyed by the targeted murder of local leaders. As a result of the Maji-Maji War, colonial rule changed for the last few years. Weakened by the consequences of the war, there was no further successful and widespread resistance by the locals.

  • Maji-Maji-War (1905-1907/1908)

    Ngoni chief Songea Mbano

    The newly introduced poll tax, which was about four times higher than the previous cottage tax, as well as the ban on hunting game and land expropriation, forced the colonized to work on the plantations. In the process, they experienced humiliation, beatings, and oppression. As a sign of protest, members of the Wamatumbi destroyed German cotton fields in July 1905. Houses and settlements were looted and set on fire, administrative personnel were chased away, and military posts were stormed.