Belgium returns Patrice Lumumba’s tooth to his family 61 years after his murder

The Guardian

Associated Press in Brussels
Roland Lumumba, the son of Patrice Lumumba, walks by a banner bearing a photo of his late father, in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/EPA

Belgian authorities have returned a tooth belonging to the murdered Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, as the former colonial power continues to confront its bloody past and look toward reconciliation.

The restitution of the relic took place after Belgium’s King Philippe expressed his “deepest regrets” this month for his country’s abuses in its African former colony, Congo, 75 times the size of Belgium.

After a private ceremony in the presence of Lumumba’s relatives, during which the federal prosecutor handed over a case containing the gold-capped tooth, Belgium’s prime minister and Congolese officials were also due to speak to the family.

Publish : 2022-06-20 17:47:00

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