[Today in History] August 13th


1881 – Henry Morton Stanley signs contract with one of the Congolese monarch

2004 – 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.

2004 Gatumba Massacre: An Isolated Case?

The Eastern Congo Tribune

Rwasa Agathon & Burnt Gatumba refugee camp Rwasa Agathon & Burnt Gatumba refugee camp

It is now a decade since the Gatumba massacre had happened in Burundi. Gatumba is a few miles from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uvira-Kiliba borders. The massacre was carried out on the night of 13-14/08/2004, within a refugee camp, roughly targeting one ethnic community group, Banyamulenge. For a total of 800 refugees, 166 were gunshot, burn under tents and 106 were seriously injured. While living in Uvira and Bukavu, most of these refugees fled to Burundi fearing over their lives. In between the period of 2003-2004, the socio-security context in Eastern part of DRC, especially Uvira-Bukavu, was so explosive, partly due to the confrontation within the transitional government. The transitional government parties were striving to have a hand on these cities, previously controlled by the Congolese Rally for Democracy (Rassembelement Congolais pour la Démocratie); hence assuring forthcoming phases…

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“Munya wetu“ by Didjak Munya

Nice piece here, written in 2004, that features on album Oxygène.

Title: Muunyà wetù
Artist: Didjak Munya
Album: Oxygène
Year: 2013
Label: Akwaaba Music


2004 Original Version

2013 Remix

[Documentary] White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (2004)



[Documentary] Papa Wemba, le roi de la sape


Duration: 68min
Language: French, Lingala with Eng Subs