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Belgium says sorry for forced removal of mixed-race children during colonial era

(CNN)Belgium on Thursday apologized for the forced removal of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during its colonial-era rule of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda.Prime Minister Charles Michel issued the formal apology during a plenary session at the Belgian Parliament in Brussels with dozens of those affected watching on from the visitors' gallery.Belgium forcibly took away thousands of mixed-race children, known as "metis," born to white settlers and black mothers in these Central African nations towards the end of its colonial rule between 1959 and 1962, a U.N. report said.The Catholic Church and other institutions then raised these children."On behalf of the federal government, I recognize the targeted ...
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