Factbox: Belgium’s colonial rule in Congo and what happened next

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Reuters

By Charlotte Campenhout and Bate Felix BRUSSELS/DAKAR (Reuters) – Belgium’s King Philippe is on his first visit to former colony Democratic Republic of Congo, where many remain angry at Belgium’s failure to apologise for decades of brutal rule. Here are some facts about Belgian rule and the two countries’ difficult bilateral ties since. * As many as 10 million people are estimated to have died in Congo from killings, famine and disease between 1885 and 1908 after Belgian’s King Leopold II declared the vast territory his personal property. Under the mantle of propagating Christianity and trade …

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