Amputation was frequently used to punish workers in the Congo Free State, controlled by Leopold II of Belgium. File photo: Universal History Archive
Amputation was frequently used to punish workers in the Congo Free State, controlled by Leopold II of Belgium. File photo: Universal History Archive
Africa

Belgium’s king expresses regret, but offers no apology for colonial past in landmark Congo trip

  • Belgium’s King Philippe makes first visit to Democratic Republic of Congo since taking the throne in 2013
  • Belgium’s colonisation of the Congo was one of the harshest imposed by the European powers in Africa

Amputation was frequently used to punish workers in the Congo Free State, controlled by Leopold II of Belgium. File photo: Universal History Archive
Amputation was frequently used to punish workers in the Congo Free State, controlled by Leopold II of Belgium. File photo: Universal History Archive
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