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Musinga et les Pères Blancs : Rapport politique confidentiel du 24 mars 1918

Card Number 5632

Number
5632
Author
Minnaert, Stefaan
Date
Friday September 6, 2013
Title
Musinga et les Pères Blancs : Rapport politique confidentiel du 24 mars 1918
Size
195420 bytes
Pages nb.
15
Language
FR
Abstract title
This report of a Belgian officer from 1918 shows the attempts of the Mwami Musinga to preserve his power while his country is beset by the Europeans. Threatened by the Belgians coming from the Congo, he accepted the German domination. But the Belgians with their Force publique fought the Germans out of Ruanda-Urundi in 1916. They put the Mwami in jail for treason but then change their minds.The country is devastated by the war. The White Fathers, many of whom are French, welcome Belgians.They will further increase their power to the detriment of traditional authorities. The Mwami here confides his grievances against them. He asks that they confine themselves to their religion and stop interfering in the affairs of the country.