Cruelty on both sides during the uprising


Like in every other war cruelties take place on both sides.


 Women involved in the building activities at Bagamoyo fort. Note the crane-bird in the front. (Ref 2)

Araberaufstand Bagamojo

The man on the left sitting on the drum was a soldier for the Germans and captured by Bushiri. Bushiri had the men's hands chopped off and send him back to the Germans with message all other local soldiers captured would suffer the same fate. The monkey sitting on the shoulder of one of the sailors was nicknamed Bushiri after the leader of the uprising. (Ref 2) 

Only a small number of Germans were killed during the uprising but thousands of locals were killed....

The slavery and internal conflict had diminished the male population and by late 19th century 75% of the population was female or child. Consequentially the Germans had a chronic shortage of local men to work on their populations, resulting in various means to force people to work for them. Because of the lack of resources the German colony was also not economically successful. 

In 1897 Carl Peters was taken to court by the Germans for his brutal treatment of the local black population and stripped of all his functions and his pension. Some years later he got back his pension from the emperor, in the 1930's he was fully rehabilitated by the Nazi's.

It was an Ashkari named Duni, whose hands were chopped off by Bushiri, who showed the Germans the location of Bushiri's secret camp that resulted in Bushiri's arrest. So the man above could be Dunia.

  1. Land und Leute in Deutsch Ost Afrika Wangemann (text); Sturtz (photos) There is a second edition of  1890 and a third of 1894. No copy of the first edition is known: Maybe there is a relation of this first edition with of our set of 50 photos which are higher resolution variants of the Sturtz photos in the Wangemann book.
  2. Erinnerung an die Ostafrikanische Blockade und  meiner Reise an bord SMS Carola 1888-1890 (50 original photos, by naval officer J. Sturz, the album belonged to Emil Voelker and have his manuscript captions on the photos) Emil Voelker was on-board the SMS Carola during these events.