An illustration of Dedan Kimathi.

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Dedan Kimathi was shot as he rested under a tree

What you need to know:

  • It is a history that the British wanted to destroy, migrate or conceal.
  • In Dedan Kimathi on Trial, Prof Julie MacArthur captures her desperate search for Kimathi's file in Kenya and the United Kingdom.

A lot has been written about how Prof David Anderson managed to trace archival reference to Mau Mau papers that had been hidden in boxes at a warehouse in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes in the UK. Had that not happened, we would not have known much about the atrocities that took place, and which had only been stored in the collective memories of survivors, as captured in Prof David Anderson’s Histories of the Hanged and Prof Caroline Elkin’s Britain's Gulag.

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