In 2002 I made the film below for BBC 2’s Correspondent programme with Director Giselle Portenier and Cameraman Sam Gracey. It was about the nascent reparations movement in Kenya where aging victims of the war for independence from Britain were alleging terrible treatment at the hands of British forces and their Kenyan proxies.
As we delved into the stories it turned out that for the most part the claims were horrifically true. The story was controversial and not well received in all quarters but by 2012 even then Foreign Secretary William Hague had to concede the point. The struggle for full justice continues to this day. For more information on the legal battle it’s worth looking at the Mau Mau section of solicitors Leigh Day who have been doing excellent work on this for a long time.