RECALL: Belgium’s human zoo and pain of African slavery

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Eniola Olorundare

About 60 years ago, Belgium had a human zoo, one of the last human zoo.

There was a live display of Black men, women and children, who were exhibited for the education and amusement of the white Europeans.

That period, Congo, among other peoples, was seriously undergoing human servitude.

Hundreds of Congolese were imported to Brussel then where hectares of tropical gardens had been prepared for them, looking like a “typical” village where the Congolese spent their days carrying out their crafts by straw huts while they were mocked by the white men and women who stood at the edge.

The harshness of slavery led to deadly diseases like pneumonia and influenza, which resulted in Mass death and their bodies were dumped in mass grave in local cemetery.

A lot of oddities took place as the white folks maltreated the blacks in ways they couldn’t even treat their animals.

It was even reported that in many parts of africa, the blacks were lynched, made to work without food for three days or even more.

The blacks have passed through thick and thin in the hands of colonial masters and mistresses, histories that have been put under the table to prevent revenge.