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A father stares at the hand and foot of his five-year-old daughter severed as a punishment for failing to make the daily rubber quota, Belgian Congo, 1904. The man’s name was Nsala. He had failed to make his daily rubber quota, so the Belgian-appointed overseers cut off his...

...daughter’s hand and foot. Her name was Boali and she was five years old. Then they killed her. But they weren’t finished; they killed his wife too. And because that didn’t seem quite cruel enough, quite strong enough to make their case, they ate both Boali and her mother...

and presented Nsala with the tokens; the leftovers from the once-living body of his darling child whom he so loved. His life was destroyed.

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