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See what others are raving about Mari’s works

… a beautiful tale of perseverance and survival, and really an easy and enjoyable read!

Radio Wave

… moving and compelling, heart-wrenching and hopeful.

The Namibian

Every page is a compelling reading, not only in terms of the resistance history of the Namibian people, but their cultural history as well.

New Era

This is a book of the love of family, the desire to live, resilience and getting a helping hand along the way. A must-read not only for those who want to know more about the history of the Herero people, but for everyone who loves a good novel.

Namibian Sun

 [A] standout historical novel  fascinating and heartbreaking narrative … by turns joyous and tragic   Mama Namibia is a heart-warming but wrenching story.

BioWorld Perspectives

Goodreads Reviews

 a compelling story despite the horrific events it portrayed.  Recommended reading!


… a fascinating compelling read on the genocide of the Herero people.


… worth every bit of time a reader gives it.


… profoundly engaging and an absolute masterpiece. … I could not hold back the tears at the end.


You ever meet a book that will just change you from the inside out? Stick to the bonds of your soul long after you read the last word on the very last page? This is one of those books. Jahohora’s story is one for the ages.


Amazon Reviews

Could not stop reading this engrossing book.


Mama Namibia weaves together the parallel paths of the young Herero girl, Jahohora, and a Jewish doctor serving in the German army in South West Africa during a shameful period of plunder and genocide — and does so with simplicity, humanity and a visceral feeling for the land and people.


… I found myself thoroughly drawn into the story, and I didn’t want to put it down. … The book has obviously been meticulously researched.  

Confirmed buyer

Articles on The Genocide that Quoted Mari or Mentioned Mama Namibia

Clark, Christopher. “Genocide Negotiations Reopen Colonial Wounds in Namibia.” Al Jazeera, July 4, 2016.

“German History Full of Genocide and Massacre.” TRT Haber (Turkey), June 4, 2016.

“Germans’ History of Genocide and Massacre.” Sabah (Turkey), June 4, 2016.

“Namibia Genocide, A German Classic.” Ne Zaman Bulundu (Turkey), July 3, 2016.

“Racism IV: Eugenics (Dubious Origins and Implications of Science).” Magistra Historia (Slovak), July 14, 2015.

Articles about Mama Namibia

“Mama Namibia, More than Novel About Genocide.”

Matundu-Tjiparuro, Kae. New Era (Windhoek), Sept. 20, 2013.

“The Tale of Jahohora Told in Two Books.”

Mukaiwa, Martha. The Namibian, Oct. 13, 2015, Windhoek, Namibia.

Blog Mentions

“Germany’s Place in the Sun.” November 2015.

Tiara013.at (German)

“It’s always the season for book reading”. May 3, 2014.

Brook's Circle

“Land of the Saggy, Baggy Elephant: Namibia.” Nov. 15, 2015.

Diana Lawrenson Pages to Places Blog

Nov. 29, 2015

Rundulife (in German)

Miscellaneous Mentions of Mama Namibia

“Herero and Namaqua Genocide.”


Comment on the article “But no Genocide?” July 18, 2016.

Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft

Reading list for Dr. Stefan Ihrig’s fall 2016 “German Colonialism, Late Imperialism and Racial Theories: Pre-Histories of the Holocaust?”

Part of the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem