video At the beginning of the 20th century, in the Congo, Belgian settlers caused harm to the local residents. But a series of photos will change the perception of Europe.
Late nineteenth centuryE In the century, in the Congo, the booming rubber industry became synonymous with severed hands. At that time, this land was the private property of King Leopold II of Belgium, who developed the latex resources of the forest in the area. Many Congolese are forced to collect such resources under the supervision of public forces. The militia watched the king’s interests and threatened part of the population. The militiamen tortured, killed and cut their hands.
The Europeans reacted and tried to clarify the responsibilities of Leopold II. These include writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle or Mark Twain, journalist Edmund Morel, but little-known missionaries. Just like Alice Seeley Harris and her husband in England. In order to prove the suffering and mutilation suffered by the Congolese, Alice Sairee Harris took a series of photos on the spot. She especially photographs people who are mutilated; they lack one hand, two hands or one foot. These photos released in Europe have shaken public opinion and will have important political influence.