Hundreds gather to pay respects to Patrice Lumumba, who was murdered by a firing squad, his body hacked to pieces and finally dissolved in acid, with tacit backing of ex-colonial ruler Belgium, which kept a memento of his known remains – a tooth.
Shot dead by a firing squad with the tacit backing of the former colonial power, Belgium, Patrice Lumumba's body was hacked to pieces and finally dissolved in acid. Belgium kept a memento of Lumumba's known remains.
A call for reparations holds states accountable for the atrocities they committed. When it comes to the DRC, Belgium would do well to go beyond empty words and performative gestures.
The Democratic Republic of Congo rid itself of European colonisers, but their legacy and misrule still haunts the country.
Belgium has started facing its colonial past by removing tributes to King Leopold II in its cities, who is widely seen as contributing to the murder of at least 10 million people in what is today’s Democratic Republic of Congo.
The assassination was a disaster not only for the Democratic Republic of Congo, but for the entire African continent. More than half a century later, its shockwaves still reverberate.
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