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Belgium apologises for kidnapping of children from Congo

Christian Fernsby |
Prime Minister Charles Michel (MR) of Belgium will make an apology tomorrow about the segregation of "métis" (mixed-race) children snatched from their African mothers at the end of Congo's colonisation.

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he apology is to children born in the 40s and 50s in Congo, Rwanda or Burundi, born of a relationship between a Belgian settler and a local woman.

On the eve of Congo's independence in 1959, the Belgian State organised the sending of a large number of these children to Belgium, where they were put under guardianship, placed in homes, or were adopted by Belgian families.

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