What was an Askari?

Introduction An askari (from Somali, Swahili and Arabic عسكري‎, ‘ʿaskarī’, meaning “soldier”, or “military”) was a local soldier serving in the armies of the European colonial powers in Africa, particularly in the African Great Lakes, Northeast Africa and Central Africa. The word is used in this sense in English, as well as in German, Italian,… Read More

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