Belgium’s Shame and present Pain

Mar 23, 2016 | Flashpoints

We have all seen the horrors committed so close to the heart of the EU institutions and will hopefully be praying accordingly. For an informed look at the political and economic and spiritual conditions in Belgium that are giving rise to the high concentrate of Islamic extremists in Belgium see this informative article in yesterday’s Guardian:

There is much need to prayer for unity for this country where the divisions between the economically more dynamic Flemish speaking community and the French speaking Walloon region. A brief Protestant breakthrough at the end of fifteenth century was swept away and reversed in the following century, and the Bible being banned until 1962. There are now real signs of real life in the evangelical community, however.

What relatively few today are aware of is how shameful Belgium’s own past is in terms of the atrocities it committed during colonial days. This article in The Independent (Belgium revisits the scene of its colonial shame) provides a worthwhile introduction to the subject, and may perhaps make a start at filling in in some missing pieces of our knowledge of the terrible cruelties and atrocities that were committed during the years when the Congo was run for the exploitation of its natural resources and for the self-glorification of the Belgium king.

Tragically there was no thought for developing the country’s schools, hospitals or infrastructure. It is only comparatively recently that voices been raised in Belgium to face up to the war crimes committed on a huge scale against the Congolese. An apology was issued in 2002 by Belgium for the assassination of their former leader Patrice Lumumba.

1 Comment

  1. Tréva

    “King Leopold’s Ghost” by Adam Hochschild is a brilliant read for those who would like to learn more about the former Belgian Congo.

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