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Kenyan Mau Maus in UK court bid

Five Kenyan independence fighters who are now in their 70s and 80s have launched a compensation claim for human rights abuses under British colonial rule. The Mau Mau, which started as a grassroots Kikuyu movement to recover arable land appropriated by British settlers, evolved into a fully-fledged rebellion in 1952 that demanded Kenyan independence.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission has said 90,000 Kenyans were executed, tortured or maimed during the British crackdown, and 160,000 were detained in appalling conditions.

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