The British authorities had a very ugly secret during the mid-1950s and early 1960s. The country hid the fact that #Mau Mau Kenyans had been tortured by their hands during these years. Hidden documents showed these African were castrated, beaten and sexually assaulted while at British camps. The UK Government heard about incidents of Ndiku Mutua, Paulo Nzili, Jane Muthoni Mara, and Wambugu Wa Nyingi all who were in then in the 70s and 80s tell of the incident. Mr. Mutua and Mr. Nzili were castrated, Mr. Nyingi was beaten unconscious and Mrs. Mara and many other women were sexually abused.
President Obama’s grandfather #Hussein Onyango Obama was one of the men who was taken during 1949 and spent two years in capture in a high security prison. A cook for a British officer recalled that his family claimed Obama’s grandfather was whipped every morning and evening. White jailers would squeeze his testicles and pierce him with nails and pins.
The Mau Mau rebellions is known as one of the worst episodes that took place in British colonial history. It is believed that over 100,000 members resisted the movement, which began in the Kikuyu tribe. However, that is not all that took place, over 10,000 Africans were killed and thousands left with long lasting disabilities or deformities. The British have argued that what they did was for the good and the security of their country. But, the government denies the abuse, they argue that that was carried out by a colonial government. Not only that, in 1963 all official documents identifying what took place before independence was put on a plane and sent out of the country. No documents were to remain because they might embarrass the “Queen’s Government.” Settlement was reached in 2013 for Kenyans who suffered at the hands of British authorities. The settlement will paid about $21.5 million to the 5,200 Kenyans who were found to have been tortured, and about $4,100 per Kenyan victim. Another $9.25 million went to pay costs to the Kenyans’ legal team.
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