Detention and rehabilitation during the Mau Mau emergency the crisis of late colonial Kenya by Caroline Macy Elkins

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  • Kenya -- History -- Mau Mau Emergency, 1952-1960.

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StatementCaroline Macy Elkins.
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Paginationxii, 505 p. :
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The Mau Mau Detention Camps: Rehabilitation, Propaganda, Memory Published on Novem Novem by CIGH Exeter The Mau Mau Memorial erected in.

Elkins, C. ‘Detention and Rehabilitation during the Mau Mau Emergency: The Crisis of Late-colonial Kenya’ (doctoral thesis, Harvard University, ).Cited by:   Elkins, “Detention, Rehabilitation & the Destruction of Kikuyu Society,” It should be noted that while Kikuyu were by far the dominant tribe involved in Mau Mau, there were a number of Meru and Embu in detention camps during the Emergency.

“Progress Report on Rehabilitation,” DecemberTNA CO // Cited by: 1. The Mau Mau rebellion in the s was portrayed as the work of a primitive cult who exercised violence against white settlers in Kenya.

Edgerton shows that in reality the Mau Mau were a national liberation army like many others that rose up against the British in the twilight of Empire.

8-page photo insert. With Operation Jock Scott, Kenya’s State of Emergency was officially launched. This code-named assault was directed at [Jomo] Kenyatta and other identified leaders of Mau Mau. EMERGENCY SITES.

Inwe created a digital map of the sites of the ‘pipeline’, the network of detention centres and work camps set up by the British colonial administration to quell the Mau Mau fight for land and freedom from British colonial rule.

We created this map using a digital mapping platform when we found it difficult to visualise the scale and reach of detention camps across. During the – Mau Mau Uprising, in British Kenya Thomas Askwith, the official tasked with designing the British 'detention and rehabilitation' programme during the summer and autumn oftermed his system the Pipeline.

The British did not initially conceive of rehabilitating Mau Mau suspects through brute force and other ill-treatment—Askwith's final plan, submitted to Baring in.

The Mau Mau Uprising (–), also known as the Mau Mau Rebellion, the Kenya Emergency, and the Mau Mau Revolt, was a war in the British Kenya Colony (–) between the Kenya Land and Freedom Army (KLFA), also known as Mau Mau, and the British authorities.

Dominated by the Kikuyu people, Meru people and Embu people, the KLFA also comprised units of Kamba and Maasai. - During the world wars, the colonies were needed to provide resources (foodstuffs) violent as British resorted to detention camps and the Mau Mau Kenyatta (future 1st president of Kenya) as a leader of the Mau Detention and rehabilitation during the Mau Mau emergency book in •Led to a state of emergency being declared – Oct – Dec •Officially, the number of rebels killed.

Dedan Kimathi, one of the key generals of the Mau Mau forest fighters, lies on a stretcher after his capture in October Image source. The Effect of the Mau Mau on the Independence Struggle. Despite the defeat of the Mau Mau, the uprising had put Kenya on an inevitable path to independence from colonial rule.

There were several reasons for. was to be implemented in Mau Mau detention camps and, eventually, in Emergency prisons and villages as well. In fact, by the end of the Emergency in at le Kikuyu men and women had been detained in some camps where they would pass through a rehabilitation process known as "the Pipeline."2.

Book review of Man Hunt in Kenya by Ian Henderson and Philip Goodhart. Man Hunt in Kenya is a fascinating and well-written book about the last important operation against the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya. Its British title is more precise; Dedan Kimathi was the undisputed leader and guiding spirit of the largest and most dangerous Mau Mau gangs, and this story shows how he was also a.

'Grey' Kikuyu: destined for reception centers, but had hopes of 'rehabilitation'; Kikuyu elders & ex-Mau Mau would purge a detainee through reason, pressure, or ridicule to extract confession; spent days working as free labor on projects, and nights in detention centers in re-education camps.

A London law firm was preparing to file a reparations claim on behalf of elderly Kenyans who had been tortured in detention camps during the Mau Mau. The pictures are showcased in a new book, The Mau Mau Rebellion, by Nick van der Bijl and published by Pen and Sword.

'The book adds to the understanding of the Mau Mau Emergency. 10 C. Elkins, ‘Detention, rehabilitation, and the destruction of Kikuyu society’, in J. Lonsdale and Atieno Odhiambo (eds.), Mau Mau and Nationhood (London, ), –; and Elkins, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya.

The emergency was called amidst growing calls for equal representation and rights in Kenya, and in direct response to those, the Mau Mau, willing to take up arms and fight to achieve it. Extreme violence was used by British colonial forces towards those arrested and detained to compel them to confess to being Mau Mau.

Detention and rehabilitation during the Mau Mau Emergencey: the crisis of late This text is based on the oral evidence of the Kikuya villagers with whom the author lived as an aid worker during the Mau Mau emergency in the s.

This book details the devastating Mau Mau civil war fought in Kenya during the s and the legacies of. TV AND FILM. Operation Legacy, Museum of British Colonialism and History Hit [28 mins]: In a group of Kenyan war veterans sued the British government to reveal the truth about what really happened during the Mau Mau documentary tells their incredible story and exposes the depth of the cover up that rocked the establishment and changed the way we view colonial history forever.

concentration camps created in the Boer War. million Kikuyu, Embu and Meru civilians were feared to hold allegiances to the Mau Mau. As Dr Huw Bennet wrote in a Guardian article: “Africans living in the so-called Kenya Emergency areas were deemed guilty until proven innocent.” The majority of those people living in the Emergency Area were either sent to detention camps or forcefully relocated to new villages.

This image is from the Jack Scott operation inundertaken shortly after the British declared a state of emergency in Kenya due to the Mau Mau uprising. This detention camp is unbelievably reminiscent of the detention and concentration camps of the Second World War and is a testament of the hypocrisy of the Britishwho fought so hard to.

This book is indispensable to a proper understanding of what happened in Kenya during the Mau Mau emergency." David French, author of The British Way in Counter-Insurgency, "In this first document-based study of the wars of decolonisation fought by the British Army afterHuw Bennett provides a gripping, revisionist account of Reviews: 5.

Langata Mau Mau Detention Camp, sculpted infrom what Edward describes as his photographic memory. I am not a historian, I am a historical fiction writer. I read books and articles and I speak to people and my characters are born from my findings, following the path they want to take.

As your article reported, there was "'systematic' torture, starvation and even the burning alive of detainees" in the Mau Mau detention camps of Kenya (Papers reveal brutal treatment of Mau Mau. In the Mau Mau were banned by British authorities, and in Octoberafter a campaign of sabotage and assassination attributed to Mau Mau terrorists, the British Kenya government declared a state of emergency and began four years of military operations against Kikuyu rebels.

By the end ofmore t rebels had been killed in the fighting, along with about Europeans and. The Mau Mau General China turned himself in, and agreed to negotiate for the surrender of his comrades.

The most feared Mau Mau commander, Dedan Kimathi, was captured in and hanged. With the war more or less won, British opinion was shocked by a series of disclosures about conditions in the detention camps.

10 C. Elkins, 'Detention, rehabilitation, and the destruction of Kikuyu society', in J. Lonsdale and Atieno Odhiambo (eds.), Mau Mau and Nationhood (London, ), ; and Elkins, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya. The later massacre of Kikuyu detainees at Hola Detention Camp on 3rd March, highlights the bitter conflicts that took place during the Emergency in Kenya’s fight for.

The emergency was called amidst growing calls for equal representation and rights in Kenya, and in direct response to those, the Mau Mau, willing to take up arms and fight to achieve it. Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency Thousands of elderly people claim mistreatment, rape and torture by colonial forces.

Much has been written about the Mau Mau war in Kenya since the s. One of the most recent trends in this vast and multifarious literature is to focus on the nature of the British counterinsurgency, and the horrors of life ‘behind the wire’ in Kenya's detention camps (Anderson ; Bennett ; Elkins ).The granting of compensation in to more than five thousand Kenyan victims.

The so-called Mau Mau Uprising was a brutal episode in Kenya's history. Throughout most of the 's Mau Mau gangs, formed predominately from members of the Kikuyu tribe, waged an insurgency against the British colonial Government seeking independence and the return of their traditional homeland.

Most of the Mau Mau gangs' violence was directed towards fellow Kikuyu who were loyal to the. Her “Imperial Reckoning” (Henry Holt, ) unites these three fields, shedding fresh light on the Mau Mau emergency in Kenya from towhen it was a British colony. In this book Elkins investigates the detention and rehabilitation of the Kikuyu, Kenya’s most populous ethnic group, who were suspected by the British of involvement.

Book Reviews David Anderson, ‘Histories of the Hanged: Britain’s Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire’ (London, ) David Anderson’s book Histories of the Hanged’ is a work which centers around the huge number of Mau Mau suspects who were executed under the emergency law The book has received considerable attention and acclaim from academic historians, but has also.

The term “global village”—coined in the s by Marshall McLuhan—has persisted into the twenty-first century as a key trope of techno-humanitarian discourse, casting economic and technical transformations in a utopian light. Against that tendency, this book excavates the violent history, originating with techniques of colonial rule in Africa, that gave rise to the concept of the.

Even the emergency in British colonial Malaya, the nearest analogy to the Mau Mau War, was on a considerably smaller scale than the Kenyan conflict.

The number of Mau Mau prisoners hanged was more than double the number of people executed for ordinary crimes during. This Pulitzer Prize–winning book is focused on the British “detention and rehabilitation” camp system. Its narrative is built in part from the testimony of over three hundred interviews with Gikuyu detainees, as well as former British settlers and officials.

Maloba, Wunyabari. Mau Mau and Kenya: An Analysis of a Peasant Revolt. the Emergency, which focus on the numerous Mau Mau "generals" and "field marshals" who claimed leadership of the revolt.

These men are largely remembered as heroes in contemporary Kenya, but our fixation on them makes the Mau Mau forces appear like a. “The Struggle for Mau Mau Rehabilitation in Late Colonial Kenya,” International Journal of African Historical Studies, 33, 1 (), “Forest War No More: Detention, Villagization and the Mau Mau Emergency,” Working Paper.

The torture took place during the so-called Kenyan Emergency ofwhen fighters from the Mau Mau movement attacked British targets, causing panic among white settlers. Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste, reporting from the Kenyan capital, said Britain would also pay for a special memorial to be erected in Nairobi.

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