Military aircraft airlifted thousands of Belgian troops from Stanleyville to the Belgian Congo's latest trouble-spot, the twin-kingdom of Ruanda-Urundi, Nov. 10.
LV. Stanleyville airport
GV. Military vehicles move along lake
SLV. Plane prepared for flight
MV. Soldier and civilian look on
MV. Soldier waits for embarkation order
LV. Plane prepared for flight
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Background: Military aircraft airlifted thousands of Belgian troops from Stanleyville to the Belgian Congo's latest trouble-spot, the twin-kingdom of Ruanda-Urundi, Nov. 10.
Tribal war rages in harsh, barren terrain, between the age-old 'slaves' - the Bahutu tribes - and their long established overlords - the giant Watutsis.
In a land where cattle are currency and two kings rule, several hundred tribesmen have already died in battles and skirmishes in town and mountain. The odds are overwhelmingly in favour of the hitherto subservient Bahutus. Of a 4 1/2-million population, over 3 1/2-million are Bahutus and a mere 30,000 Watutsis.
Fighting with the giant Watutsis are the Inyamaswa, or pigmies. Cause of the war is the recent succession of the Mwami of Urundi. Political groupings have arisen and tribal hatred has led them easily to bloodshed.
As troops of the Force Publique - white officered native soldiers - flew to this latest battle-ground, Belgian Minister for the Congo, M. De Schrijver, told the Brussels Parliament that male and female universal suffrage would be introduced in Ruanda-Urundi early next year prior to local government elections. Later in the year a National Council, with legislative powers, would be formed.
Listening to the Minister was the Mwami (Paramount Chief) of Urundi. His brother-king of Ruanda declined the Belgian Government's invitation to visit Europe because of present troubles.