Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kenyans allowed to sue UK for colonial abuse

Recently my wife and I saw the movie, "The First Grader" about an 84 year old Kenyan who wanted to learn how to read. He was also a Mau Mau and much of the movie is flashbacks to how he was treated by the British Colonials who also murdered his wife and two young children. It's based on a true story.

Now four of his Mau Mau colleagues that had taken the oath to fight for Kenya's independence have been given the okay by British courts to sue the United Kingdom for the treatment they received.

This is encouraging news, because if what we saw in the movie was only 1/4 true, somebody needs to make sure this kind of thing never happens again to people turned soldiers fighting for their country's freedom. It's one thing to waterboard someone who commits mass murder terrorist attacks, it's another to torture and then kill men, kill their wives, and traumatize and kill their children, in order to get the men to renounce an oath they have taken. I'm sure I'll be hearing from some of you on this.

Kenyans allowed to sue UK for colonial abuse - Europe - Al Jazeera English



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