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Never Forget: The Man Who Killed 10 Million Black People

In the heart of Africa lies the Congo. Quenched by its flowing river, furnished by meandering hills, and endowed with a myriad of natural resources, including ivory, precious minerals and rubber.

Almost 4000 miles away, on the far end of Europe is Belgium, one of the smallest and youngest countries on the content. On the 9th of April 1835 a man was born in Brussels, Belgium. In spite of the distance between the two nations, his effects on the Congo are undeniable. His exploitation and destruction of the region and its people, engendered problems that persist even to this day. His name was Leopold II, King of the Belgians and conqueror of the Congo.

Leopold’s desire to improve his own nation prompted him to explore the world in search of a way to increase Belgium’s wealth and influence. For several years, Leopold traveled the world, visiting a multitude of nations, including Turkey, Palestine, India, Cylon and Sumatra. He became convinced that a colony would transform his young nation into a superpower. Studying Spain, France and England, he recognized the economic opportunity that imperialism presented.

Leopold’s search was temporarily interrupted in may of 1865 when his father had become ill. On December 10th of that year, his father died. Leaving Leopold II as a monarch of Belgium at the age of 30. For almost 20 years Leopold pleaded with the Belgian Parliament for rights to establish a colony. Realizing that his efforts were futile, he sought a new means of gaining affluence for Belgium. Establishing his own private colony. Following the examples of various other European nations, he turned his imperial interest to Africa. 80% of which had yet to be colonized.

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In Sept of 1876, Leopold encouraged major European powers to convene in Brussels to discuss Africa’s future. At what became known as the Brussels Conference, Leopold called for the forced eradication of the Arabic slave trade, hoping instead to westernize the continent and its people. Here the International African society was founded with members including nations throughout Europe and even the United States.

Two years later in January of 1878, Leopold meet with Henry Morton Stanley in Brussels. Stanley had discovered this area in Africa, which was the Congo, and he came back to Europe with tales of what he had seen there. The riches, the natural abundance, the ivory, the rubber, the gum, the timber. This got King Leopold excited. During the course of their meeting, Stanley agreed to a contract for his involvement in establishing Belgium’s presence in the Congo. Leopold requested that Stanly go back to the Congo and claim as much land as he could for Belgium in order to establish a monopoly in the ivory and rubber trade. Through over 400 treaties, chiefs unknowingly surrendered their land to Leopold. Through these treaties and other manipulations, Leopold gained over 2.3 million square kilometers of land for his colony.

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In 1879 Leopold created a private company who’s stated mission was to free the Congolese people from foreign oppressors, namely the Arab slave traders who were kidnapping native villagers and selling them into slavery. Abroad, Leopold assured the world his regime, which he called the Congo Free State, would bring prosperity and fair trade to the Congo but his true goals were far different. In order to abolish the Arab slave trade, Leopold organized a group of European army officers who in turn drafted Congolese soldiers to serve in the state’s militia, known as the Force Publique, however the army was mainly used against the Congolese people.

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The abuse against the native people soon became evident in all regions of the Congo Free State. Leopold’s army of 90,000 strong would raid village after village, seizing the women and holding them hostage in order to force the men to work in the forest gathering wild rubber. Many of the women were raped by officers while in captivity.

By the mid-1890s the Congo became one of the most prominent rubber exporters of the world. Each adult male in the Congo was to produce 6 to 9 pounds of rubber every two weeks. The job was dangerous and difficult. Many died by falling out of the tall rubber trees or being attacked by leopards.

By the late 1890s rubber was the most profitable resource in the Congo. As demand for this resource grew, Force Publique agents became increasingly more brutal to the Africans. Armies often raided towns seizing laborers and food and anyone who resisted would be shot. Extreme violence was employed to impose Leopold’s dominion. Any village that failed to meet the requirements of goods for the day might be punished with public execution or village burning. The right hands of those who failed to meet rubber quota were severed – even young children were not spared. In 1896, a German newspaper reported that 1308 hands had been gathered in one day.

In Belgium, Leopold was engrossed in his newfound wealth. He used wood from the Congo to decorate his home and began building projects in Belgium and France. Initially, the harsh conditions in the Congo where kept secret from Europe, however as time passed Congolese missionaries and cargo men began to write reports about the violence.

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In 1908 the Belgium government annexed the Congo as a colony to the state. A year later Leopold would die of what was presumed to be Cancer. Before his death he ensured that all personal records of the Congo over the previous 24 years were destroyed. As a result of rebellion throughout the city of Leopoldville and the loss of Belgian interest, the colony eventually gained sovereignty in 1960.

Belgians sudden withdrawal left the newly freed Republic of Congo in a volatile state. Now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the nation is still engrossed in a continuing conflict.

Although seldom mentioned int he history books, Leopold’s desire to make his home country a super power came at the cost of nearly 10 million African lives. His actions over a 24 year period have left a permanent scar in the Congolese history.

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Hilda Kiwasila December 23, 2018 at 8:13 pm

Despite of what happened in the past and African intellectuals to have read about past history in colleges we are still doing the same! See what is still going on in Congo, South Sudan and other parts of Africa- power hunger, civil wars, people killing each other house to house, setting fire on houses killing innocent neighbour, rape, amputation! Why after so many years of suffering from slavery and colonial humiliation? Why can’t we change and adhere to democratic rule instead of power hunger autocratic undemocratic devil rule forcing innocent civilians to migrate to other countries and face humiliation there? Shame on us!

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Renuka December 24, 2018 at 12:08 am

I think public admininistration everywhere is a path dependent machine. It can’t help working the way it was built to work at the time it was built.A post colonial state – even if independent -does not have the resources it needs to redesign.

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Kofi Nokrim January 9, 2019 at 5:04 am

@Hilda Kiwasila Those are “faux intellectuals” who are a hangover generation from the colonial days. When they die out the new breed of accountable leaders will take over (in theory).

The important thing is to learn from the past NOT forget it.

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William Johnson May 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm

I’m sick on my being knowing this horrific story of how my Ancestors were treated & the information was hidden from history books.But the Jews treament under Hitler is everywhere. Are the Jews more important.

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DM Janse van Vuuren July 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm

It is in the Namibian (and I believe also in the South African) syllabus – I did it with my Gr 8 and 9 history classes this year. In the video on Youtube, called “The brutal history of the Congo,” you can also see that King Leopold’s palace in Belgium is dedicated as a museum commemorating this.

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Nonem December 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

Stupid thing to say.

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dee December 31, 2018 at 10:02 am

u must be young to ask that question everybody’s more important then the black man. it’s shameful that they let it happen to them, it was pure torture but as a race of ppl how come we let things like this happen. I realize it was mil holding them but 10 million couldn’t stop it, I don’t understand

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Richard Machira December 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

Thank for sheering,many writing we read in our schools are hiding historical fact in fever of the western.
Through these revealed historical facts now we are going to be in a position of knowing what happened to our ancestors.
Thank you

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Catherine McDonnell January 10, 2019 at 7:55 am

Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years
4.3 out of 5 stars 348
£8.79
This is a great book that tries to explain how differents races and cultures fared in history.

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Undra Bailey December 21, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Now thats what you call a holocaust. Where is Africa’s reparations?

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Ava January 2, 2019 at 4:13 pm

Blacks who were effected should go after the arabs and blacks within their own african countries and ask that question. Pretty sure the totals are bogus (10 million killed?? 90,000 troops go into a village??)

“All right… you 90,000 come with me… we are going to travel across this country and go to a couple of villages to force 100 guys to make rubber???”

I don’t dispute the results happened but I think the numbers are embellished a bit…

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Kofi Nokrim January 9, 2019 at 5:12 am

@Ava

Typical victim blaming. Yes 90k troops can kill 10m people it’s called SUPERIOR FIREPOWER you you ignorant Fuck-Head!

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Brandy February 9, 2019 at 4:56 pm

These villagers didn’t have access to guns. So defending themselves was difficult or impossible.

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Linda Ann December 21, 2018 at 9:40 pm

Thank you for providing us with this information. I have seen Leopold criticized as a very “bad man”, but without details as to where, what and why. Now I understand.

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Richard E Graham December 23, 2018 at 7:12 am

The real problem is summed up in one sentence. “Now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the nation is still engrossed in a continuing conflict.” Until that is stopped, The Congolese will not be free.

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Naa koshie December 23, 2018 at 9:30 am

But through all this WE survived. How do we move on so that we don’t relive the pain, I the this still going on right now in a different form WHAT’S NEXT

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Tumwesigye wibs December 27, 2018 at 4:06 am

According to me, I really think that UN is an organization that is responsible for the white people but not black people. I don’t like that so-called UN.

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alegra13 December 27, 2018 at 5:36 am

Belgium should pay reparations to Congo.
No, I’m not from Africa.
I’m from Poland 🇵🇱, who is still waiting for reparations from Germany for damage of WWII
Also as a reminder, it was Germany who built concentration camps in occupied Poland and Germany is responsible for holocoust of millions of people from different nations.

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Philippe Schepens MD December 27, 2018 at 11:17 am

At the time of Leopold II and his État Indépendant du Congo, the total population of what is today Congo was evaluated being less than 10 million inhabitants.

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Opeyemi January 1, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Evaluated by who exactly, Leopold’s officials who were in charge of the killings themselves?

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B-y December 28, 2018 at 10:13 am

Africa has been through hell from external oppressors as well as from within. Africa needs leaders that care more for Africa than for themselves and what they can steal to increase their own family wealth. Presently African is killing Africa.

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D. Potts December 28, 2018 at 12:45 pm

People refuse to learn from their ancestors wrong doing. It serves no one to be a tyrant. Absolutely no progress of civilization is had when populations repeat the same acts. Hatred & prejudice is the emergence of the “Green Monster”. No one is greater. We are all the same. We have nothing when we can not live freely together without prejudice. If we were all blind, would we then work together in survival, or would we find some new prejudice?

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Suraj Musa Kalla January 10, 2019 at 11:06 am

Though I’m not Congolese, I’m of black race from Nigeria. Though I’m Muslim, I know definitely among the victims of this atrocity Muslims are not left out. We’re either brothers/sisters in Religion or brothers/sisters in Humanity.
I regretfully reading this piece as hide it and didn’t record it at all as it recorded Hitler tyranity and massacre of the Jews.

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Allaylo Amrani January 10, 2019 at 10:28 pm

Very seriously, I have a message to my African Brothers and Sisters especially the Intellectuals, Authors and Historian, it is time to Stop referring to African People by color.

The White Man has brainwashed you people to talk as he thinks of you, we are not black period, we are proud Andalusian-African Force. We Africans should be demanding the Release of Our Knowledge Information Treasure Books that were stolen from AL-ANDALUS and are stored under subterranean storage facilities in Italy and the UK by the Worst Criminals Called The UK Church and Church of Rome.

I have shared with plain English Language Vocabulary that descent human will understand, now let me revert to simple English Language Vocabulary Word that majority of Human On the Planet who speak English thins and assume it is associated with Sexual Fornication, in fact it is not associated with sexual fornication but rather with common sense, and the Letters Initials meanings stands for and represent the following phrase “FOR UNLAWFUL COMMON KNOWLEDGE”.

So for the F.U.C.K. of me stopped refereeing to African People as Black People, We are not fucking Black People, get it, again we are not fucking Black People, and the fucking Arabic World that means a “Slave” is in actuality and Honorable and Holy Word, We are the Slave of Our Mighty CREATOR-ALLAH, and look how the fucking clever white Man took an honorable Holy Word and turned it into a derogatory and negative Word, and remember, the Fucking white Man over 150 years Wrote-Authored-Published-Distributed 600,000 Negative-Hateful Propaganda Books Against “Islam” & “Muslims” and all printing and distributions of such fucking books was paid for by the White Man and even distributed in African For Free of Charge For a Reverse Brainwashing Psychology Crime, and the African-Amazigh-Arab-Hebrew-Muslims-Andalusians Invented Medical Psychology To Heal Mankind (INSAAN) from the Work of Satan (SHAITAN)…

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dan January 11, 2019 at 7:44 am

get your facts right and quit playing the race card, black on black crime is responsible for 300.000 deaths in the last 35 years in the US alone, like Morgan Freeman says THE MORE YOU NAME IT THE MORE YOU FUEL IT. you think your doing your race a favor? NO! GO TO SCHOOL EDUCATE YOURSELVES AND build your culture up and quit the sad victim card crap and the reparations shit….Mao killed at least 50million, ww2 66million…..see any privileged Chinese/whites crying for reparations? TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK IN THE MIRROR FOR FUCKS SAKE and quit asking mummy for pitty https://necrometrics.com/20c5m.htm

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Lee January 12, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Hi Dan,
You report that you know the black on black murder stats for a 35 year period in the US, congrats to you. My question, do you also know the white on white murder stats for that same 35 year period?
If so, please share it with me and our fellow readers. If you don’t know that stat, why not?
Before instructing others, you should be able to provide a total picture of an issue.
Check out yourself in your own mirror Dan and watch out for rocks hitting that glass house you are living in.

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Michael January 20, 2019 at 6:07 am

What about Patrice Lumumba the first democratish premier of Republiek of Congo i have sern the movie.

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Brandy February 9, 2019 at 5:16 pm

Lumumba was a good man he was attempting to bring positive change’s to his country.When some colonized house Negros killed him.

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Flen February 3, 2019 at 4:02 am

It is amazing that the white man fwels this all in the past and the people did it to themselves. No one is more sinister and greedy than the european man
Wherever he has gone he has wrecked havoc. He is the great white ahark od humans. But his day is coming. God has seen their ways and is not pleased. Everything he touches will fail. His atrocities against the environment are coming to fruition. His anger is turning inward. The internet is telling people of color the TRUTH about himself and the worlds enemy the white man. He fears the black man and he should. The oppressed will only take so much..

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