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BRUSSELS: At the entrance to Belgium's Museum for Central Africa stands a giant golden statue of a European missionary with an African boy clutching his robes, along with a plaque that reads: "Belgium brings civilization to Congo".The statue and some of the exhibits inside anger many visitors for the way they portray African people and Belgium's brutal colonial past.It is spending 66 million euro to modernize the museum, set in rolling gardens outside Brussels, and put a new face on the colonial experience.The decisions about what to keep raise questions about the extent to which Belgium is facing up to its past even now, more than five decades since Congo won its independence.Belgium left just a few dozen Congolese university graduates and an economy built chiefly to supply the country with raw materials.Belgium may not be the power it once had been, but its citizens are among Europe's richest.In the more than half-century that Belgium ran Congo from 1908 to 1960, hundreds of thousands of Belgians worked there in everything from business to colonial administration.
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