In Other Parts of the World: UK Compensates Mau Mau Torture Victims

Via BBC. The British government decided to compensate the Keynes torture victims during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s.  The Kenya Human Rights Commission believes that 90,000 Kenyans were executed, tortured or maimed by the British colonial forces during the war. It was a dirty war in which both sides committed excessive atrocities in their own styles. There was the garden-variety tortures, killings and oppressions initiated by the British forces, and the Mau Mau militants answered with numerous massacres, among which the Lari Massacre was particularly noteworthy. On the night of 25–26 March 1953, the Mau Mau guerrilla attacked the Lari settlement and herded Kikuyu men, women and children into huts and set fire upon them.

Mr. William Hauge, the foreign secretary of her majesty’s government, said that 5,228 victims would receive payments in total of £19.9m, with each living survivor of the abuses receiving about £3,000.

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