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Kenya bombs famine victims

01 November 2011
A Kenyan air strike killed five people, including children, in Jibil food distribution camp in southern Somalia last Sunday, according to Médecins san Frontières.

Return of famine encouraged by free market

26 July 2011
The Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya was designed for 90,000 people.

Mau Mau veterans win first battle for compensation from Britain for torture

21 July 2011
Foreign Office attempts to throw out a claim for compensation for torture by a group of Kenyans were rejected by a high court judge in London today.

The First Grader

21 June 2011
As free primary education was reintroduced across Kenya in east Africa in 2003, an aging veteran of the country’s Mau Mau independence war against the British turned up at school.

Mau Mau veteran speaks out: why Britain should pay

12 April 2011
"The new documents strengthen our case. How can they say that the Kenyan government is responsible for compensation when they didn’t even hand over the files?

British government admits colonial brutality in Kenya

12 April 2011
The British government is finally being forced to reveal the true horror of atrocities committed during the Mau Mau war in Kenya in the 1950s.

Repression was resisted

12 April 2011
The anti-colonial Mau Mau rebellion broke out in Kenya during 1952.

British government to open secret files on Mau Mau war in Kenya

05 April 2011
The British government has admitted holding 1,500 secret files on its role in the brutal suppression of Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s.

Dreams in a Time of War - Ngugi wa Thiong’o

11 May 2010
Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s memoir tells of growing up under British colonial occupation and during the Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s.

Mau Mau veterans case: Seeking justice after 50 years

14 July 2009
The delegation of three men and two women veterans presented their case to the high court in London at the end of June.

Kenya's ugly tale of colonialism

14 July 2009
The British arrived in East Africa in the 1890s and took what is now Kenya by savage military conquest. The invaders took the best farming land for themselves. This became known as the White Highlands where no African could own land. Much of the area had previously been home to the Kikuyu people.

Kenya's Mau Mau war: veterans demand justice from Britain

14 July 2009
Veterans of Kenya’s Mau Mau independence struggle came to Britain in June demanding compensation for atrocities committed by the British. Ken Olende tells their story

Kenyan asylum seeker: ‘I fear for my life if I am deported’

15 December 2008
Steve, an asylum seeker living in Manchester, fears for his life if he is sent back to Kenya.

What’s behind the Kenyan conflict?

05 February 2008
SINCE THE crisis in Kenya erupted six weeks ago there has been a lot of handwringing about the threatened collapse of a haven of "stability" in Africa. This is largely hypocritical nonsense.

Western responsibility for Kenya's ethnic violence

29 January 2008
There has been an upsurge in violence across Kenya in east Africa.

Opposition grows in Kenya election crisis

22 January 2008
Three days of renewed protests in Kenya, east Africa, have seen more than 30 people killed by the police.

The brutal legacy of Britain’s colonial rule in Kenya

08 January 2008
Ken Olende looks how British intervention has shaped Kenya's problems

Behind the turmoil in Kenya

08 January 2008
Rioting began in Kenya after sitting president Mwai Kibaki was declared winner in presidential elections on 27 December. Opposition leader Raila Odinga challenged the result, accusing the ruling party of ballot rigging.

Kenya's rulers are allies of the West

08 January 2008
The US sees Kenya as a strategic ally in the "war on terror" particularly as it borders countries including Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan. The government has allowed military bases for both the US and Britain, as well as anchorage in Mombasa for naval vessels.

Kenyan strike shows trouble brewing for tea giants

18 September 2007
A strike by more than 10,000 tea pickers in Kenya in East Africa has won an 8 percent pay increase.

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