29 Jun '14, 10am

History of the #military in #Rwanda, by an insider

History of the #military in #Rwanda, by an insider

When Rwandan and Congolese national armies recently engaged in two days of border clashes that left five Congolese soldiers dead, it was a case of history repeating itself. Such clashes are not new, according to Brig-Gen (rtd) Frank Rusagara’s new book, Resilience of a Nation: A History of the Military in Rwanda , which discusses a long history of clashes between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that dates back in the 16th Century. During King Kigeri II’s reign, Rwanda invaded and conquered Masis and Rucuro — in today’s eastern DRC — in a bid to expand its kingdom. The progress of King Kigeri’s troops was only halted by the thick forests of the DRC because, at the time, Rwandans believed that the forests were the end of the inhabited world. Another incident took place in 1896, when a military contingent from the Congo Free State, with the help of the Belgi...

Full article: http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/Rwanda/News/History-of-th...

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