There are also contributions from Belgians of Congolese descent. The programme has won critical acclaim. ‘De kinderen van de kolonie’ (The Children of the Colony) is also available in a French version that appears on our French-Language sister site flandreinfo.be.
In an article published on Saturday to mark to opening of the newly-renovated Africa Museum in Tervuren, the Guardian journalist Jenifer Rankin gives an account of how the programme and the newly-renovated symbolise a change in how we view our colonial past. Jenifer Rankin described the VRT’s six-part series as “The latest sign of Belgium’s re-evaluation of its colonial past – not only the notoriously brutal reign of King Leopold II (1865-1909), but the long second act of Belgium’s 20th-century rule in central Africa”.