Author: Edmund D. Morel

Title: The Treatment of Women and Children in the Congo State 1895-1904 An Appeal to the Women of the United States of America

Place of Publication: Boston

Date: 1904

Place: Congo Free State

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The Treatment of Women and Children in the Congo State 1895-1904

An Appeal to the Women of the United States of America

Selections from a pamphlet of E. D. Morel, of the Congo Reform Association of Great Britain, with comment by Robert E. Park, of the American Congo Reform Association

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Incidents of the "Rubber Wars," Told by Congo Children.

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Take but one moment the point of view of the hunted native, whose lands, labor, and all whose fortunes, present and future, have been made an object of a heartless traffic, -- and all the flimsy scenery in which the industrious Bureaucrats have sought to stage the story of Leopold's enterprise in Africa, all the tinsel with which they have sought to plaster over and decorate the sad havoc he has wrought there, falls away, and one sees the thing for what it is -- not civilization nor progress, but ruthless, irreverent and alien meddling in the affairs and fortunes of helpless peoples, accompanied by hideous butcheries, all in the interests of a clique of mercantile free-booters.

This so-called civilization in the Congo has the curse of Midas on it. As its touch everything, the most vile and the most holy, the feasts of cannibals, and the pious prayers of saints, smoking villages, and the pale juice of the rubber vine, the lusts of savages and the wails of little children; everything has been somehow and somewhere minted into gold, and has gone to swell the returns of the Antwerp rubber market.

 
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