The Mau Mau was one of the world's shortest-lived terrorist organisations, but it was also one of the most violent. Formed in the early 1950s to force the British to grant independence to Kenya in East Africa, the Mau Mau consisted mainly of dissident Kikuyu tribesmen who carried out a number of shocking atrocities as they targeted white settlers on their remote farms. But the Mau Mau also attacked native black Kenyans too, especially those whom they regarded as traitors for supporting the British administration. Whole villages were wiped out.
No one was spared as the terrorists went on the rampage throughout the country.
Eventually, the leaders were brought to justice and executed, but not before more than 15,000 people had lost their lives. Ironically, only 32 of their victims were white; the rest were Kenyans themselves.
Part of the BBC series International Terrorism Since 1945, this documentary looks at the topic of current affairs and politics.
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