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Burundi Joins Congo in Demanding Reparations from Belgium

  • East African nation wants $43 billion from Belgium, Germany
  • Belgian lawmakers formed panel to probe nation’s colonial past
Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's President.

Evariste Ndayishimiye, Burundi's President.

Photographer: Tchanduru Nitanga/AFP via Getty Images

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Burundi wants Belgium and Germany to pay $43 billion in reparations for harm done during decades of colonial rule over the nickel-producing East African nation.

The move follows similar calls for compensation by the Democratic Republic of Congo after Belgian King Philippe in June offered his “deepest regrets” over his nation’s colonial past in the Congo. While the killing of George Floyd in the U.S. sparked some introspection about racism in the West, in sub-Saharan Africa much of the analysis has focused on the legacy of colonialism.