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Belgium’s Africa Museum mired in controversy despite renovation

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By ITN News Editor December 8, 2018 14:04

Belgium’s Africa Museum mired in controversy despite renovation

Belgium’s Africa Museum will reopen to the public after five years of renovations designed to modernise the museum from an exhibition of pro-colonial propaganda to one that is critical of Belgium’s imperialist past.

The museum, full of artefacts and stuffed wildlife, was often criticised for ignoring the brutalities of King Leopold II’s fiefdom, whose troops collected the hands of those who resisted slave labour at a time when millions of Congolese people are estimated to have died.

A controversial golden statue still stands of a European missionary with an African boy clutching his robes along with a plaque that reads: “Belgium bringing civilization to Congo,” but a modern sculpture of the profile of an African man has been added in the middle of the rotunda to centralise Africans rather than Europeans.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 8, 2018 14:04
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