A gold-capped tooth is all that remains of Patrice Lumumba, the African freedom fighter who became Congo’s first prime minister when it won its independence from Belgium in 1960.
It was wrenched from his skull after he was executed in January 1961 and taken to Belgium as a human trophy. The rest of his body was cut up and dissolved in acid.
Now, after almost 60 years, the tooth is finally heading home. A Belgian judge has ordered it to be sent back to Mr Lumumba’s family in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it can be laid to rest.
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