Oxford and Colonial Atrocities: the Mau Mau Rebellion

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

In 2011, four elderly Kenyans brought a celebrated legal case against the British government. They alleged that during the Mau Mau Uprising (1952-1957), they had suffered horrendous abuse at the hands of the British imperial forces, including rape, castration, and beatings. David Cameron’s government rejected these allegations, arguing that not only did they fall outside of the statute of limitations, they were technically not even perpetr