Kenya The British must not rewrite the history of the Mau Mau revolt Our role as the colonial power in the s uprising in Kenya was shameful, but not deserving of compensation Mau Mau suspects in Nairobi,
However, it soon became clear that the rebellion was more serious than they originally anticipated. The British traditional methods of warfare were no match for the guerrilla tactics used by Mau Mau.
The British colonial government declared a State of Emergency on October 20,and the real British campaign against the Mau Mau began. Perhaps the most valuable weapon used by the British to combat the Mau Mau was psychological warfare.
From the British colonial perspective, Mau Mau was seen as an atavistic and irrational cult of evil. The British denied any truth or legitimacy behind the social and economic complaints and demands of the Mau Mau.
It was all attributed to "bestial impulses" of the "African mind". The British used this campaign to isolate the Mau Mau from their Kikuyu people, and the Kikuyu form the rest of the Kenyan population. This was instrumental in preventing the Mau Mau from gaining widespread popular support in Africa and, of course, abroad.
The Western media ate up the British portrayal of Mau Mau as atavistic beasts, and to this day that is the idea many people have of Mau Mau. Hollywood movie posters Detention Camps: The other main weapon of the British campaign against Mau Mau was detention camps. In April the British launched Operation Anvil.
They rounded up 17, Kikuyu and detained them in camps without trial. The British developed complex system of camps called Pipeline. They had a rating system for detainees- white, gray, and black.
Any whites that were captured in possible association with Mau Mau war released. Anyone who had taken the Mau Mau oath but was cooperating after capture was rated "gray" and taken to a work camp until later being released.
The Mau Mau members who refused to cooperate with British interrogation were rated "black".
These were the "hardcore" of the Mau Mau and they were taken to special detention camps where they were beaten, tortured, and often killed. The Kenya Human Rights Commission estimates that 90, Kenyans were executed or tortured andwere detained in inhumane conditions during the British campaign against Mau Mau.
British soldiers hold detention camp victims at gun point.Prof Anderson notes that one of the things marking the battle against the Mau Mau was the number of hangings, with capital offences extended during the emergency to include "consorting" with Mau Mau.
Some attention was paid to allegations of atrocities at the time, with questions asked in parliament about 11 Africans beaten to death in a British .
Mau Mau was a term given by British to the Kikuyu of Kenya -Around period when Britain was losing its colonies, trying to hold on to last colonies -Imperial Reckoning depicted graphic depictions of Mau Mau being tortured for information by the British Government.
Legal action taken against the British government to secure compensation for four Kenyans allegedly tortured during the Mau Mau uprising will cast the spotlight on one of the Empire's bloodiest.
May 18, · And it was land and white settlers, not African “tribal” beliefs that were at the heart of the so-called Mau Mau revolt against British colonialism.
The colonial invasion of Central Kenya began in the late s. Kenya's independence struggle in the s.
The Mau Mau uprising against British imperialism. In April four elderly black Kenyans appeared in the High Court in London seeking recognition of atrocities committed against them during British imperialism’s brutal colonial rule.
The British had sought to quell the Mau Mau uprising by instituting a policy of mass detention. This system – “Britain’s gulag”, as Elkins called it – had affected far more people than.