I was talking to a friend a couple weeks ago about what Belgium did in Africa and the way they left it, which explains why the Congo area is such a mess politically today. It is unbelievably horrible what happened and how people were treated. I feel like Belgium should at least be sending funds over there to help repair the damage done. I'm really not sure what would work. But something needs to be done.
Belgium's imperialist rape of Africa
"By means of bribes and lobbying, Leopold gained recognition for the Congo in 1884 by the United States, followed by a similar deal with France."http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/1999/09/king-s06.html
Congo Free State, 1885-1908
"There is some debate over whether the Congo catastrophe qualifies as genocide, because the Congo state did not act with the intent of eliminating one or more ethnic groups. However, the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide includes deliberate killings, for whatever motive, of members of an ethnic group with the intent to destroy them as such, “in whole or in part.” This suggests that the Congo Free State, in deciding to wipe out particular ethnic groups that resisted its inhuman practices, did indeed practice genocide."http://www.yale.edu/gsp/colonial/belgian_congo/
The Belgium King is actually stepping down. Their own government has been in trouble for many years now: http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/belgian-king-bids-subjects-farewell-1.1549990#.Ue_vU43VC84
UN concerned for civilians as ongoing violence displaces thousands in eastern DR Congohttp://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45478&Cr=democratic&Cr1=congo#.Ue_5h43VC84