On 2nd March 2020 in Old Moshi, Tanzania, we honour the resitance fighters against German colonialism: 120 years ago in Old Moshi 19 chiefs and leaders of Wachagga, Wameru and Waarusha were hanged by German colonial forces. Among them chief Mangi Meli. His head was then sent to Germany for racist "scientific" research. It could not yet be found.
A year ago, a memorial and the exhibition "Mangi Meli Remains" were inaugurated near the hanging tree in Old Moshi. The event was very well received by the community, politics and media. It was decided to commemorate the events of 1900 every year. Until today, the descendents wait for the return of their ancestors remains.
On the occasion of the Mangi Meli Commemoration Day we also want to discuss urgent issues of today: What will happen to the human remains from Kilimanjaro region that are still kept in German institutions? What about the cultural objects of Wachagga people in German museums? How can descendants of the colonized and descendents of the colonizers start a dialogue?
The Mangi Meli Commemoration Day is an initiative of the civil society. It depends on donations. It will be organized by Gabby Mzei Orio (Old Moshi Cultural Tourism).
- Opening speeches
- Colonial history village tour with Gabby Mzei Orio and Mangi Meli's grandson Isaria Anael Meli
- Visit of the exhibition Mangi Meli Remains
- Commemoration ceremony at the memorial below the hanging tree
- Traditional Wachagga dance and singing
- Tree planting in schools
- Panel talk with international experts, politicians and community representatives on human remains and Wachagga objects in German collections
- Film screening "Mangi Meli Remains" by Flinn Works