November 10, 2013

On this day...November 9th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On this day...
On November 9th in 1952, the British occupying forces in Kenya arrested more than 400 Kikuyu. ... In 1944, the Kenya African Union (KAU) was established, seeking to deal with the land issue amicably. By 1951, a list of demands was presented to the colonial government, which was largely ignored. This sparked a pro-independence uprising known as the Mau-Mau Rebellion.
By 1952, Mau Mau activities were becoming widespread and increasingly radical as settler farms were raided, policemen were attacked and opponents to the movement were killed in broad daylight. With the political situation growing more precarious, more than 400 hundred Kikuyu were arrested on 9 November 1952. At the time, it was estimated that thirty-seven people had been killed through Mau Mau activities. A state of emergency was declared by the colonial government and remained in effect until 1960.
While 26 settlers were killed during the rebellion, 6 000 human rights abuses were reportedly committed by the British, often carried out on Kikuyu who were suspected to be Mau Mau sympathizers.

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