More than 2 million Africans, civilians and soldiers alike, were killed in World War I. In Europe and in Africa itself, thousands of Africans were forced into service for their colonial masters. The consequences are still in evidence today.
The legacy of Germany's colonial empire has long been ignored by the government and public at large. But amid the global anti-racist movement, a reckoning is due over how to handle leftover colonial symbols.
60 years after independence, traces of the system of exploitation and violence that Leopold II and colonial-era Belgium created still remain in DR Congo. The propensity for violence is inherited, experts say.
The Black Lives Matter and anti-racism movements sparked a global reckoning over monuments to an imperial past. In one Berlin museum, many such statues and symbols are on display — in the aim of reconsidering history.
Nigerian photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi shows life in Africa through the lens of his camera, while documenting Berlin's "African Quarter" and an ongoing colonial controversy. An exhibition in Berlin highlights his work.
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