Operation Anvil in Kenya

Operation Anvil helped bring the Mau Mau insurrection to an end. It was a systematic screening of large sections of Kenyan society conducted in 1954 with ex-Mau Mau in hooded masks revealing who was or was not a terrorist. However, there were reports of grievously poor treatment of inmates and many instances of miscarriages of justice. Reports of deliberate ill-treatment helped convince the British government of the necessity of coming to an agreement with the black majority in Kenya in the face of widespread opposition from the minority and relatively privileged white population.

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by Stephen Luscombe