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MASAI WOMEN IN KENYA HAVE FACED RAPE BY BRITISH TROOPS for 20 YEARS
[With thanks to Br. Omar in Virginia. Br. Omar wonders what the British troops may be doing in their dealings with Iraqi women in war time, when they did this in peace time Kenya.]

[Editor's notes:
[The British paper, The Guardian , has published a report on the rapes committed by British troops stationed in Kenya. These rapes are occurring EVEN WITHOUT A WAR. The paper quotes some of the women who have finally come forward. We excerpt below only the statistical aspect of the report.]
[It appears that Kenya has continued to be colonized by the British even after "independence." As recent incidents indicated, Israel too has a heavy presence in Kenya.]

"Over 200 Masai women in this area can tell stories of rapes that are supported by some independent evidence; sometimes police or medical records, more often the testimony of their chiefs. And hundreds more women from the Samburu tribe around Archers Post, another training area in northern Kenya, have also come forward with similar stories. Martyn Day, a matter-of-fact solicitor, remembers when the women first approached him with their shocking claims. He was in Dol Dol handling another breakthrough case; the community's demand for reparation for the harm caused by unexploded bombs left on their land by the British army. "About half a dozen women came up to me in September 2001," Day remembers, "They said, 'Look, we have also been injured by the British army.' To be honest, at that time I was slightly dismissive of them - I had so much on my plate with the bomb cases and I thought it would just be a couple of cases and damn difficult to prove anything." Last summer, Day won a grand victory on the bomb cases, when the Ministry of Defence agreed to pay 4.5m in compensation to those injured and bereaved by the army's unexploded ordnance. "Then the women came back to me," Day says. "This time we had a meeting and 85 women turned up. I said, 'OK, I'm sure you've got real grievances, but it will be impossible to move on this without evidence.' But when I came back last December, they had obtained documentary evidence, medical records and so on. I was really impressed."
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