May 15, 1904
Baringa, Congo Free State (present day Democratic Republic of the Congo)
A man named Nsala looks at the hand and foot of his murdered 5-year-old daughter, killed when Nsala failed to meet his rubber quota
An excerpt from Don’t Call Me Lady: The Journey of Lady Alice Seeley Harris:
He hadn’t made his rubber quota for the day so the Belgian-appointed overseers had cut off his daughter’s hand and foot. Her name was Boali. She was five years old. Then they killed her. But they weren’t finished. Then they killed his wife too. And because that didn’t seem quite cruel enough, quite strong enough to make their case, they cannibalized both Boali and her mother. And they presented Nsala with the tokens, the leftovers from the once living body of his darling child whom he so loved. His life was destroyed. They had partially destroyed it anyway by forcing his servitude but this act finished it for him. All of this filth had occurred because one man, one man who lived thousands of miles across the sea, one man who couldn’t get rich enough, had decreed that this land was his and that these people should serve his own greed. [King] Leopold [II of Belgium] had not given any thought to the idea that these African children, these men and women, were our fully human brothers, created equally by the same Hand that had created his own lineage of European Royalty.
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