The king of Belgium has for the first time in the country’s history expressed what he calls his “deepest regrets” for colonial rule in Africa.
King Philippe acknowledged that acts of violence and cruelty were committed – and the wounds are still raw – in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
His message was sent to President Felix Tshisekedi on the 60th anniversary of the DRC’s independence.
Benedicte Ndjoko, an historian and a Congolese political activist, talks to Al Jazeera.
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