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Thursday, 15 November 2012
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY: THE BELGIANS AND AFRICAN COLONY - CONGO FREE STATE:
In the last decade of the nineteenth century, news of outrageous atrocities, countless deaths, mass starvation, and ethnic cleaning began to leak out of the Congo Free State, the personal dominion of King Leopold of the Belgians. Leopold had acquired this vast domain, about the size of Western Europe, by hook, crook and brute force. His rights over it were confirm by the great European powers at the Berlin Conference of 1884 - 1885. No one from the Congo who was Black was at hand to voice his or her opinion.