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Belgium apology for mixed-race kidnappings...

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has apologised for the kidnapping of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during colonial rule in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda.

The"métis" children born to Belgian settlers and local women were forcibly taken to Belgium and fostered by Catholic orders and other institutions.

About 20,000 children are believed to have been affected.

Most fathers refused to acknowledge the paternity of their children.https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47817530?ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebook&ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&fbclid=IwAR0nNev8R88n6eE4B3eS_95tki1mk_VfpIt3aboYinvzcZ-uL9rZmFH3Isc
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It is the least that they can do for the victims. Let's just hope that this apology will be a way to fight all forms of racism and discrimination in Belgium.
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What are your thoughts about this?
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I see some people claiming this incident happened during the times of their great grandparents?? This kidnappings happened in the 1950s which I am sure majority of you were born. This thing is recent and Belgians need to apologize and compensate those victims just like those of Holocaust. I can't imagine the trauma and discrimination they went through in those Roman Catholic institutions.
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I see some people claiming this incident happened during the times of their great grandparents?? This kidnappings happened in the 1950s which I am sure majority of you were born. This thing is recent and Belgians need to apologize and compensate those victims just like those of Holocaust. I can't imagine the trauma and discrimination they went through in those Roman Catholic institutions.
I have mentioned to a few people that the last time this was recorded was in the 1960's. These are kids that grew up without the benefits of citizenship, who don't know their family as they were taken from one parent and the other may not have claimed them. People who are still alive.
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For those who keep saying “it happened in the past, get over it.” The many problems that were caused by this act are still here. Acknowledging wrong doings in the past would finally give these victims the rights, recognitions, and means to seek justice.
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They were forcibly taken to Europe and now they're not wanted by the far right..
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They were forcibly taken to Europe and now they're not wanted by the far right..
Indeed. Disgusting in its actions then and now.
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But what bad thing did Belgium not do to Congo.
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Please - this is not even the worst thing the Belgian government did there... pouting face pouting face
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Confronting Belgium’s colonial past and attempting to tell the story of colonialism is not an easy task to do... I don’t believe that just recognizing the atrocities, the brutalities and the responsibility is enough, the same time that African countries such as Congo still suffer long-term effects which are very much alive. The European legacy on the continent is very very dark.
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