The British government’s offer of monetary compensation of £20 million to over 5,000 living Kenyan survivors of systematic torture during the Mau Mau anti-colonial revolt is a historic reckoning with an ugly past. It also dispells the myth that the British were more enlightened, benevolent, or liberal in their self-anointed “civilizing mission” than their imperial European counteparts.
It’s hard to fathom how a rigged election could produce such violence as burning women and children alive in a church. But that’s what happened in the Kenya Assemblies of God Church in Kiambaa, just outside the town of Eldoret in western Kenya. Unfortunately, it didn’t come as a surprise to me or others living in the region.