Pax Christi Wallonie-Bruxelles: Addressing the Métis issue from Belgian colonization


Considered a risk to the sustainability of the colonial system, Métis children born during Belgian colonization have particularly suffered. Facing the taboo that still surrounds this part of our history, these "forgotten children" speak!

In a colonial system built around the superiority of the "white race", are "mulatto" children blacks or whites? At that time, the colonial authorities did not hesitate to take drastic measures that, even today, have important consequences. The deafening silence surrounding this issue has lasted too long. It is time to revisit this painful past...

Speakers include:

  • Assumani Budagwa will talk about Métis segregation in the Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Urundi: An affair of state;
  • Sarah Heynssens and Ginette Vagenheim will address the problem of access to archives;
  • Benoit Hellings (MP Ecolo) will present the resolution on the need for a working memory of Belgian colonial history;
  • Colette Braeckman will share testimony gathered from Métis encountered in DR Congo
This event is organized by the Metis Association of Belgium and Pax Christi Wallonie-Bruxelles. Also note that this conference precedes another important appointment: October 20, 2016, a morning of information on the same topic will be held in Francophone Parliament Brussels in the framework of Thursdays of the Chamber. Space will be limited. Save the date!
Pax Christi Wallonie-Bruxelles, Metis, Belgium, colonisation