|The foothills outside of Nyeri, on the edge of the Aberdare range. It was over this rich land that one of Britain's dirtiest wars was fought.|
|The forest adjoining Mt Kenya National Park, where much of the Mau Mau war was fought.|
Four Mau Mau veterans are suing the British government, but part of their battle is getting their hands on the relevant evidence. On the eve of Uhuru (weiyathi in Gikuyu), the British spirited masses of incriminating documents out of the country. They have been bludgeoned into releasing them in the context of the trial in London, but are doing so in a calculatedly dishonest manner. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also resorted to manipulating and misrepresenting the work of the very same historians who brought the brutality of British reaction to Mau Mau back into the public eye less than ten years ago.
|A statue of Dedan Kimathi, one of the Mau Mau generals, in Nairobi. Decades of amnesia meant that the statue to Kimathi was only put up in 2007.|
David Anderson, one of those historians, has given evidence which speaks to both of these points. The British government's behaviour is reprehensible: it has attempted to squash the trial, to foist responsibility off on the Kenyan government, to withhold documents, and to distort their meaning. They are truly the heirs to the thuggish regime that ran the Pipeline in the 1950s.
|One of many caves where Mau Mau fighters lived during the war. Those living in villages brought fighters food at great risk to themselves.|
|The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released documents in a piecemeal manner, calculated to make the task of those sorting through them as difficult as possible.|