Walking tour

From Saïo and Tabora to Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek: a highly significant colonial monument

© Alfred de Ville de Goyet

The Monument to the Troops of the African Campaigns has stood in Avenue Huart Hamoir/Huart Hamoirlaan since 1970. Erected on the initiative of colonial associations, it commemorates the Force Publique that operated in the Congo Free State and later in the Belgian Congo. A colonial army made up of black soldiers commanded by white officers, the Force Publique was responsible for taking possession of Congolese territories in the name of Leopold II, enforcing the collection of rubber with brute force, and keeping law and order in the country. During the world wars, the Force Publique took part in major military campaigns outside the Congo, which led to Rwanda and Burundi being placed under Belgian rule after the First World War. The silhouettes of a white officer and a black soldier shake hands on what is the only statue in Brussels to honour the tens of thousands of Congolese soldiers who fought and died for Belgium. That is why, for many years now, the Congolese community has held a commemoration ceremony here every 11 November.

In cooperation with Klare Lijn.

Practical information

Sat. at 10:00 (FR) and Sat. at 14:00 (NL) (duration: 2 hours)
Starting point: at the fountains, Place Princesse Elisabeth/Prinses Elisabethplein, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek

Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.