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  • The Butcher of Congo

    "The Belgian government first of all agreed to assume [Congo's] 110 million francs worth of debt, much of them in the form of bond's Leopold had freely dispensed over the years to [his] favourites", says Hochschild. Nearly 32 million franc of the debt was owed to the Belgian government itself through loans it had given years earlier to Leopold.

  • Belgium and the Colonial Experience - DePaul University

    acute symbol of the failure of the Belgian people to come to terms with the horrifying details of their country's colonial domination of black Africa'.10 Following the traumatic events surrounding Congo's independence, there was a similar state of denial over the period between 1908 and 1960, of Belgium's direct rule over the Congo.