Mixed-race children born in 1940s and 1950s were forcibly taken from Congolese mothers

Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, is to apologise on behalf of the state for the kidnapping of mixed-race children torn from their Congolese mothers at the end of the colonial period.

The so-called “métis” children, the product of relationships between settlers and local women, were forcibly taken to Belgium and fostered by Catholic orders among other institutions between 1959-62.

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