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Kenyans tortured during colonial rule
The U.K. on Thursday finally agreed to pay compensation to thousands of victims of horrific torture during the British colonial rule in Kenya in the 1950s.
Nearly 50 years after Kenya became independent, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the U.K. Parliament that a total of about $30 million would be paid to 5,228 victims and said his government "sincerely regrets" what happened.
It is a decision that may attract the attention of Barack Obama, whose Kenyan grandfather Onyango was held in a detention camp for six months, according to the president’s book “Dreams From My Father.”
“When he returned … he was very thin and dirty. He had difficulty walking, and his head was full of lice,” Obama wrote.
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British soldiers and police in Karoibangi, Kenya, in about 1954 round up local people for interrogation as they look for Mau Mau fighters.
Others detained by the British suffered far worse. During a court case last year in London -- which prompted the compensation deal -- victims described their horrific treatment by colonial officials as they struggled to deal with the “Mau Mau” uprising.
Paulo Muoka Nzili, now in his 80s, told the court he was abducted by Mau Mau fighters, but escaped only to be arrested by the British authorities. They castrated him, and Nzili said he was left “completely destroyed and without hope.”
Jane Muthoni Mara, in her 70s, told the court she was beaten with sticks and sexually assaulted with a glass bottle containing hot water after she gave food to Mau Mau members.