Kenyan Mau Mau memorial unveiled

By Editorial Board - 13 September 2015 at 9:26 pm
People gather near the sculpture  of the Mau Mau war veterans at Uhuru park during  the unveiling of the Mau Mau veteran memorial in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, sept ,12  2015 (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

AP Photo/Khalil Senosi

Yesterday, the United Kingdom memorial for Kenyans who were killed and tortured by British forces in the 1950s during the Mau Mau uprising was unveiled in the Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

The memorial is part of the reconciliation efforts imposed by the 2013 out-of-court settlement by the UK government.

The settlement was stated that the UK express “sincere regret” for the abuses they committed when Kenya was under colonial rule, reported the BBC.

Christian Turner, the UK’s High Commissioner to Kenya said during the ceremony, “the memorial stands as a symbol of reconciliation between the British government, the Mau Mau, and all those who suffered during the emergency period.”

Thousands of Kenyans gathered at the unveiling on Saturday.

The agreement included more than 5,200 claimants who are all veterans of the Mau Mau uprising and was worth about $41 million.

The Global News reported that several thousand Kenyans said they were beaten and sexually assaulted by officers of the British administration who were trying to suppress the Mau Mau uprising.

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