Mau Mau memorial set to open in Nairobi's Uhuru Park in rare colonial apology

A picture taken on September 7, 2015 shows a memorial in honour of victims of torture during the colonial era in Nairobi ahead of an unveiling ceremony on September 12. AFP PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA

What you need to know:

  • In a rare example of former rulers commemorating a colonial uprising, a British-funded memorial to all the victims is set to open on Saturday.
  • The monument has been welcomed by Mau Mau veterans.
  • Thousands of Kenyans suffered horrific torture including sexual mutilation, and tens of thousands more were detained in shockingly harsh detention camps.
  • At least 10,000 people died — some historians say over double that — amid horrific abuses in the 1952-1960 struggle.



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