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A former colonial possession of central Africa. Once a part of German East Africa, the territory was occupied by Belgian troops during World War I and later became a Belgian League of Nations mandate under the name Ruanda-Urundi. When independence was achieved in 1962, the region split into the present-day countries of Rwanda and Burundi.
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(Placename) a former territory of central Africa: part of German East Africa from 1890; a League of Nations mandate under Belgian administration from 1919; a United Nations trusteeship from 1946; divided into the independent states of Rwanda and Burundi in 1962
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a former territory in central Africa, E of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: administered by Belgium as a United Nations trust territory 1946–62; now divided into the independent states of Rwanda and Burundi.
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