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Cannibalism is horrible, but still, for the moment, we have to pretend not to see it.

 
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The Belgian’s military superiority depended on native allies, some of whom practiced cannibalism — especially upon their defeated enemies. The practice was overt after the battle of Nyangwe where native troops under Gongo Lutete and Dhanis after defeating the Arabs feasted upon a thousand of them. The enmity of the Africans for the Arabs, who had raided and captured their people into slavery for centuries further complicated the European moral dilemma which presented itself. Some Belgians even tried to rationalize the practice as a sanitary way to clean up a battlefield.

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