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She is a war criminal

*** The MoD has been forced to admit the massacre of Africans in Kenya after 50 years of secrecy. At the time, the British military was awarding prizes to soldiers who met targets for murdering increasingly large numbers of Kenyans. The mastermind of this particular war crime described it as a "bloody good show". The MoD have always claimed the victims of the atrocity had been "insurgents" but in fact knew that they were members of the local security force who had signed-up to assist the occupation in order to feed their families.

The same ruthless imperial "divide-and-conquer" strategies, and attitudes, are at work in Iraq and Afghanistan today. ***Kenya's Bloody SummerA file: War Office 32/16103 makes very disturbing reading. It reveals how on the 17th and 18 th of June 1953, soldier's of the British Army's, slaughtered twenty two Hundred Kenyan civilians. They were rounded up, on two separate groups, taken into a forest near the town of Chuka in the central Kenyan highlands and then shot or bayoneted.

The incidents happened during the height of the Mau Mau insurgency. Yet these men, far from being Mau Mau members, were actually members of the British Colonial Home Guard. One of the dead, who were simply left to lie where they fell, was just 12 years-old. The 5 th Battalion of the King's African Rifles were commanded by the now notorious British officer, Major Gerry Griffiths. Griffiths, who was also a Kenyan settler, bore a deep grudge towards the local Kikuyu tribe after blaming one of them for killing his horse. He even went as far as offering rewards for shooting them. He told his men that should they happen to kill a Kikuyu who was employed by the government or a civilian firm, they could always stick a panga knife in his dead hand to make it look like he was a Mau Mau fighter. Griffiths , was finally convicted of murdering two of the Kikuyu guides his men were using to track down Mau Mau insurgents, but neither he, nor any other British soldier has ever been tried or convicted for the slaughter in the woods.

Records held in the Kenyan National Archive in Nairobi show that the British government did compensate the families of the 22 victims in what they described as " blood money ". That was supposed to mark the end of the matter Until now the file that details this story has been kept tightly closed. Half a century later, 11 pages remain secret despite repeated requests under the Freedom of Information Act and continuing protests from the Kenyan government.

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