Brethren engaged closely with the question of the treatment of native people both in Portuguese West Africa and in the Belgian Congo. The protagonist in the case of the Congo was Daniel J. Danielsen, an evangelist and missionary from the Faroes. Danielson played a crucial role in spreading the gospel through the Brethren in the Faroes, and on moving to the Congo initiated the public campaign against the regime of King Leopold II of Belgium in the Congo, a campaign which was underpinned by striking photographs of the atrocities which the regime permitted and encouraged. Based on painstaking original research, this book paints a fascinating portrait of Danielsen, his times, and his efforts to change them both spiritually and through public action.

By Óli Jacobsen

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