posted on Jun, 9 2013 @ 09:20 AM
Well, it's always good to see a national Government stand up and do the right thing. 50+ years late? Yet still, at least there are some people left
to pay, for the acts committed against them. If nothing else, it may help close a chapter of history ....or some part of it, for the Kenyan people.
Britain has agreed to compensate Kenyans tortured during the Mau Mau uprising against colonial rule in the 1950s, Foreign Secretary William Hague
Hague expressed "sincere regret" on Thursday that the abuses had taken place and told parliament the government would pay a total of $30.8m to 5,228
clients represented by a British law firm.
There were some really nasty aspects to this, by the sound of things.
Negotiations began after a London court ruled in October that three elderly Kenyans, who suffered castration, rape and beatings while in detention
during a crackdown by British forces and their Kenyan allies in the 1950s, could sue Britain.
The torture took place during the so-called Kenyan Emergency of 1952-60, when fighters from the Mau Mau movement attacked British targets, causing
panic among white settlers.
Well, again, it's better late than never for owning up to the evils of the past, even if it has to be done kicking and screaming, as this last part
seems to suggest.
London tried for three years to block the Mau Mau veterans' legal action in the courts, drawing condemnation from the elderly torture victims who
accused Kenya's former colonial master of using legal technicalities to fight the
The world is an ugly and complicated place for who has a white hat vs. a black one. Perhaps those extremes just don't exist in the modern world. It
could be, they never really did. In this case, at least the truth of the past is a matter of open public record for what sounds like the first time on