Target: Government of the United Kingdom
Goal: Applaud decision to compensate Kenyans victimized under British rule in the 1950s
The United Kingdom has made a responsible and difficult decision that has impacted the lives of many who were tortured under British rule in Kenya for much of the 1950s. The “Mau Mau” uprising is no longer a frequent topic of discussion, but it was a pivotal event that affected millions of Kenyans from 1952 to 1960.
When British colonists moved in to their country, the Mau Mau, a group opposed to colonization, rebelled against them for obvious reasons. To the colonists, the Mau Mau were a perverted tribal cult that stood in the way of Kenya becoming a primarily white nation, much like the United States, Canada, and South Africa. The British thought of Kenya as the “England of Africa” and forced their culture on the people of the African country, reeking havoc on their lives and torturing those that attempted to thwart their plan. Rape and castration were frequently used as forms of domination.
A few months ago and over a half-century after the crimes, the government of the United Kingdom still struggled to recognize this event and take responsibility for the actions that their nation forced on other people. But now, elders who suffered from British colonialists have come forward to press charges against the injustice and seek compensation for their devastations. Just recently, that wish was granted to them by the government of the United Kingdom.
A group of Kenyans emerged victorious from the High Court in London just last week after they were granted the right to proceed with legal claims against the government of the United Kingdom. Thousands of veterans from Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising will now be able to claim damages for the terror and abuse perpetrated from the British colonial authorities.
Undoubtedly, this was a difficult decision for the government to make, despite the fact that it should have been made long ago. As one of the claimants in the case stated, justice has been done because “it is just a government…” and the actions of the country’s past can teach the country today an important lesson. The United Kingdom can feel remorse for the suffering committed at its hands, but it can also realize that the events that took place are now in the past.
The best plan of action is a sincere apology and, of course, compensation for the victims of this crime. Tell the UK that their decision to begin mitigating the horrors of a half-century old crime is commendable. It is proof that the country is moving forward and unhindered by embarrassment when they look to the past.
Dear Government of the United Kingdom,
I applaud you for making the decision to compensate victims of British colonization. This is a very personal issue for your country, as you are basically allowing others to legally make claims against you for the sake of justice. What happened over a half-century ago was terrible. The people of your nation inflicted “unspeakable acts of brutality” upon others and destroyed the lives of many. It is necessary that these victims are allowed to come forth and demand justice for the crimes committed against them.
Thank you for taking responsibility for your government’s actions and compensating the victims. While they did not occur at the hands of anyone in the government today, they occurred at the hands of the British. A government cannot deny the suffering it caused, and so your decision is commendable. Today, the victims of these crimes can begin to forgive the British government, and I thank you for what you have done.
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