The Butcher of Congo: King Leopold II of Belgium. Following the independence of The Congo from Belgium in June 1960, Patrice Lumumba, leader of the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC), was elected Congo’s first democratically elected president. Ten weeks later following a coup de tat headed by General Mobutu Sese Seko, Patrice Lumumba was murdered by firing squad. Evidence has recently emerged that shows the US and Belgian government’s involvement in his murder.
Traveling in a hammock, Belgian Congo [Photograph taken or provided by Émile Gorlia (1887-1966)] Hammocks carried by African porters were an important means of transportation for Europeans during the colonial period. Some African leaders also used palanquins and other carrying devices as symbols of their status.
African Americans were not slaves. They were enslaved. There is a difference. Suffering was inflicted upon them for others selfish gains. In the end, such shortsighted actions brought suffering to Caucasians as well as to African Americans. To be born a human being is a rare event in itself, and it is wise to use this opportunity as effectively and skillfully as possible... so that the happiness or glory of one person or group is not sought at the expense of others.
Martin Bormann, Jr. (1930 - Present) seen in uniform in 1939. This is the eldest son of Martin Bormann, Hitler's private secretary. Martin was a godson of Adolf Hitler. He has spent much of his life repenting for his father’s horrific actions, becoming a Catholic priest and serving as a missionary in the Belgian Congo. He has also joined with Jewish groups to make a pilgrimage to Auschwitz and traveled to Israel to meet Holocaust survivors.
Congolese men pose with the severed hands of others who failed to meet their rubber quotas, made into examples by the Anglo-Belgian India Rubber company in the Congo Free State, a former colony of Belgium.