Here are 5 books to read before you go to KenyaOct 05, AM. Oct 05, PM. Oct 06, PM. In , after years of tension and bitterness, the grievances of the Gikuyu people of central Kenya exploded into open rebellion. Only 32 European settlers died in the subsequent fighting, but more than 1, African civilians, over 3, African police and soldiers, and 12, Mau Mau rebels were killed. Between and Britain sent over a thousand Kenyans to the gallows, often on trumped up or non-existent charges. Meanwhile 70, people were imprisoned in camps without trial for between two and six years.
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On the threshold of independence in , the residents of Thabai village prepare to celebrate the ceding of power to Kenyans. Beneath the surface, things are tense: the British colonials are leaving and there are scores to settle. During the struggle for independence, some villagers signed up with the Home Guard and collaborated with the "white man". Others took the Mau Mau oath and joined the rebellion — and were imprisoned and tortured in British internment camps. The comrades of Kihika, a local rebel leader who was captured and hanged, are determined to find and kill the man who betrayed him. The stories of the main characters are told through skilful weaving between past and present. The political turbulence in the country deeply affected people's lives, testing their friendship, love and courage — and sometimes led to betrayal.