“The Congo’s colonization happened under the rule of King Leopold II (pictured above) who was able to dupe the European community in to believing that his efforts of exploration in the region were humanitarian. Using clandestine methods, the king was able to claim much of the Congo Basin for himself and renamed the area the "Congo Free State.” Under Leopold’s rule, natives were brutally mistreated and kidnapped to be slaves by Arab-Swahili traders.
“Rubber was a chief export of the nation, and the Belgians ran workers in to the ground to increase production of the plants and ensuing product.
"The Public Force (or Force Publique) (pictured) was called in to enforce the production of rubber, cutting the limbs off workers to incite fear and harder work. On top of the Public Force’s tactics, millions of natives died due to disease and exploitation.”
55 YEARS OF FREEDOM !! Happy Independence day to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and all Congolese people and families out there! 30 June in 1960 Congo won independence from Belgian colonialism. 🇨🇩