Bernard Porter: Britain’s Atrocities in Kenya
3 March 2005
Show More Histories of the Hanged: Britain’s Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire by David Anderson.
Weidenfeld, 406 pp., £20, January 2005, 0 297 84719 8Show More
Britain’s Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya by Caroline Elkins.
Cape, 475 pp., £20, January 2005, 9780224073639Show More
“... 150,000 and, according to official figures, killed around 12,000 in combat, though the real figure, in David Anderson’s view, is ‘likely to have been more than 20,000’. In addition, Caroline Elkins claims, up to 100,000 died in the detention camps. It is the scale of the British atrocities in Kenya that is the most startling revelation of these books. We always knew about the Mau Mau atrocities ...”