TIL the term “crimes against humanity” was first used to describe the atrocities committed by Leopold the 2nd of Belgium in the Congo Free State, a regime so brutal that the mercenaries hired by Leopold had to show a human hand for every bullet they used to prove the bullet wasnt used for hunting.

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Imagine sending out a squad to commit a massacre and insisting upon *receipts*.

pobody

Yeah I’m starting to think I used the phrase inaccurately in my Yelp review when describing my local coffee shop’s decision to stop selling cranberry chocolate muffins.

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What if you missed? Or what if it took more than one bullet to bring someone down?

ScooterMcThumbkin

There is a really good scifi book called Everfair by Nisi Shawl that deals with this time period. I thought she was exaggerating some of the atrocities for her story, after a brief excursion to wiki to see for myself….just wow. What a horrible time period.

Lc29dime

Tricks on you Leopold! I cut off BOTH hands each time and still went hunting.

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