How Many Belgian Soldiers Died In Rwanda

Who is a Belgian Soldier?

The Belgian Armed Forces (Dutch: Defensie; French: La Défense) is the national military of Belgium.

The King of the Belgians is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. The Belgian Armed Forces was established after Belgium became independent in October 1830.

How Many Belgian Soldiers Died In Rwanda?

Kigali, 8 April 2019 – A commemoration ceremony to pay tribute to the 10 Belgian Peacekeepers murdered in the first hours of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was held on Monday, 8 April 2019 at Camp Kigali.

Rwanda’s Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente, alongside Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel paid tribute to the ten Belgian peacekeepers.  The ceremony was also attended by a large delegation from Belgium, including family members of the peacekeepers.

In his speech, Prime Minister Dr. Eduard Ngirente expressed gratitude to his counterpart for having joined Rwandans for the 25th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi. He also hailed the courage of the 10 Belgian peacekeepers and reiterated that the greatest tribute to pay to them was to always cement strong existing ties between the peoples and the two countries.

How many Belgians were killed in Rwanda?


Execution of Belgian peacekeepers

Five out of the fifteen were Ghanaian soldiers who were quickly set free. The other ten were Belgians from the Paracommando Brigade, shot and hacked with machetes.

How many troops did Belgium send to Rwanda?

Belgium was a colonial power in Rwanda and had a deep political connection with the government even after decolonization.

Belgium was one of the first contributors to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), along with Bangladesh, contributing around 400 troops.