Taken from their mothers in colonial Belgium, mixed-race women sue for compensation


In a landmark case, five mixed-race women are suing the Belgian state this Thursday for "crimes against humanity". Now over 70 years old, these women were born in what was then Belgian Congo, the present-day DRC. The offspring of Congolese mothers and European fathers, they were abducted from their mothers to be placed in religious institutions and subject to the supervision of the state. These children were seen as a threat by the Belgian state, which feared that they would rise up against the colonial order. Our Brussels correspondents report.


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