Rwanda #551 (1973)

Rwanda #551 (1973)

The Republic of Rwanda (Repubulika y’u Rwanda in Kinyarwanda, or République du Rwanda in French), is a sovereign state in Central and East Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland after Gambia, Swaziland, and Djibouti. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African … Continue reading Rwanda #551 (1973)

Ruanda-Urundi #38 (1931)

Ruanda-Urundi #38 (1931)

Ruanda-Urundi was a territory in the African Great Lakes region, once part of German East Africa, which was ruled by Belgium between 1916 and 1962. Occupied by the Belgians during the East African Campaign during World War I, the territory was under Belgian military occupation from 1916 to 1922 and later became a Belgian-controlled Class B Mandate under the League of Nations from 1922 to … Continue reading Ruanda-Urundi #38 (1931)

German East Africa Under Belgian Occupation #N17 (1916)

German East Africa Under Belgian Occupation #N17 (1916)

In 1885 and 1890, respectively, the German Empire annexed the two independent African kingdoms of Rwanda and Burundi, forming the northwestern portion of what became the colony of German East Africa. This area was not effectively occupied or controlled by the colonial power, however. For the Belgians, the German presence in East Africa was a threat to the security of Congo. During World War I, … Continue reading German East Africa Under Belgian Occupation #N17 (1916)

Burundi #360c (1971)

Burundi #360c (1971)

The Republic of Burundi (République du Burundi in French, or Republika y’Uburundi in Kirundi) is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. It had been part of the colony of Ruanda-Urundi, two African kingdoms which had been ruled by German East Africa until it … Continue reading Burundi #360c (1971)