severed hands and feet were an extreme but not uncommon punishment for failing to meet work quotas


As rumors of atrocities in the Congo leaked out, there was growing concern by other European powers. Popular opinion in Britain was particularly affected. Missionaries took photographs of mutilation as a form of punishment for those who did  not want to work.

The British-based international organization the CRA (Congo Reform Association) publicized the atrocities of the Congo to the world, and made it a popular cause.

For more information, see the 1903 Report of British Consul, Roger Case

 This is part of The Congo Free State exhibit