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Barack Obama’s grandfather tortured by British

6 December 2008
It’s interesting how things turn around.

“He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of low degree”

During the Mau Mau emergency in Kenya most of the Orthodox clergy in Kenya were held in concentration camps by the British, and most of the Orthodox churches were closed.

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Barack Obama’s grandfather was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the British
during the violent struggle for Kenyan independence, according to the Kenyan
family of the US President-elect.
Hussein Onyango Obama, Mr Obama’s paternal grandfather, became involved in the
Kenyan independence movement while working as a cook for a British army
officer after the war. He was arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a
high-security prison where, according to his family, he was subjected to
horrific violence to extract information about the growing insurgency.
The British responded to the Mau Mau uprising with draconian violence: at
least 12,000 rebels were killed, most of them Kikuyu, but some historians
believe that the overall death toll may have been more than 50,000. In
total, just 32 European settlers were killed.
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  1. 7 December 2008 4:27 pm

    And the irony is that the British peddled a myth for years that the Mau Mau were a nasty lot who went around comitting atrocities against British settlers ….

  2. 7 December 2008 7:46 pm


    One interesting aspect of that was that the British propaganda kept going on and on about Mau Mau “oath-taking ceremonies” — yet in the 1930s the Protestant missionaries held oath-taking ceremonies among the teachers at their church schools — they had to take an oath against circumcision ceremonies.

    The Kikuyu saw this as an attack on their culture, and a lot of schools broke away and become independent. One of the independent school associations, the Kikuyu Karing’a Educational Association, became the nucleus of the Orthodox Church in Kenya.

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