The exhibition was put together by the Royal Military Museum (RMM), in collaboration with the Royal Society of the Friends of the Military Museum and the Royal Museum for Central Africa. It traces the actions undertaken by the Force publique to maintain law and order and follows the Force’s military campaigns throughout the world. The soldiers were confronted with other climates and had to address countless difficulties. The fighting and the day-to-day worries gradually shaped a collective conscience, paving the way for a national identity. The exhibition illustrates the Congolese soldier’s daily life: the camps, the languages, the training, the food, the punishments, etc. and it presents unique objects from international, public and private collections. Lisolo na Bisu opens on June 22 and will close on October 31, 2010. Top pieces are the original 1885 Berlin Treaty founding the Congo Free State, the declaration of independence signed on June 30, 1960 and the white uniform worn by King Baudouin on that very day. Photographic and audiovisual testimonies complete the offer.
Tokopesa saluti (We salute you), 125 years of Belgian-Congolese history was put together by the Veterans’ Institute as a tribute to both Belgian and Congolese soldiers from 1885 to the present. Come and discover a common past, shared by Belgium and the Congo, first through the Force publique and from 1960 onwards through technical and military cooperation. This traveling exhibition, consisting of 35 panels, can be booked for your school or association, free of charge.
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