"All sick. They die so quick"
'The White Man's Cemetery, Stanleyville' (c. 1905)
Public Domain'The White Man's Cemetery, Stanleyville' (c. 1905) - Credit: Henry Wellington Wack

The death rate among European agents in the Congo was notoriously high. The territory was ridden with malaria, sleeping sickness and other tropical diseases. By 1895 fully a third of white Congo state agents died there; others died of the effects of disease after returning to Europe.