Why did the British Empire burn, sink, and hide these documents? - Audra A. Diptée
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Elkins was among the expert witnesses — along with David Anderson (author of Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire) and Huw Bennet (author of Fighting the Mau Mau: The British Army and Counter-Insurgency in the Kenya Emergency) — to bolster a groundbreaking legal case accusing the British government of human rights abuses. The case was brought by Ndiku Mutua, Paulo Nzili, Gitu Wa Kahengeri, Jane Muthoni Mara, and Wambugu Wa Nyingi — five Kenyans who were victims of torture in the 1950s when the British colonial government was attempting to suppress the Mau Mau insurgency. In June 2013, a settlement was reached in the amount of £19.9 million to be distributed among 5,228 claimants. Click here to read the full transcript of the settlement.
To learn more about this landmark legal battle and Operation Legacy, watch the 2018 documentary titled Operation Legacy, which details the intricacies of the British government's cover-up. You can also watch The Last Battle, an in-depth piece from Al Jazeera, which follows the Kenyan plaintiffs through their fight for justice.
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