The story that British troops have routinely raped Kenyan women for over 30 years originally broke I believe, in 2003. Kenya’s Daily Nation Weekend edition of 22nd August 2003 reported the story as follows. Every year about 3,000 British soldiers are deployed to Kenya for training. The training takes place on land belonging to the Mukogodo Massai community and it is here that many women and young girls were attacked whilst going about their daily chores, collecting water and herding cattle.
Evidence was initially gathered from police and hospital reports and the many mixed-race children born to the women.
About a hundred women have documentary evidence — like police reports and hospital treatment records. Forty of them have mixed race children," the London-based lawyer, Day, who is representing the women, said. The rapes are alleged to have been committed between 1968 and 2000.
And the physical features of the mixed race children reflect the composition of British troops who come to Kenya — the Gurkhas from Nepal, with their oriental features, and the British caucasian features.
According to reports from various sources not only were the soldiers routinely raping women but both the British and Kenyan authorities were aware of what was taking place. In at least one incident the Kenyan police acted to protect the British soldiers
The reaction of the police, too, was rather puzzling. On November 28, 1999, it was reported at the Ngare Ngiro police station that Gurkhas (Nepalese soldiers serving in Her Majesty’s army) had raided Lekinji Village in Laikipia and raped nine women. There was no attempt at investigation. Instead, the police responded by dispatching armed officers to create a buffer zone between the village and the training area.
London’s Guardian of September 27th 2003 reported that investigators from the British Military police claimed all the Kenyan police reports were fake. Martyn Day, lawyer for some of the women, whilst agreeing that some of the police reports were forgeries said that the evidence still proved the rapes took place.
"If there are forged documents not only outside police stations, but inside them also, that’s a worry. But the key question remains, are these women telling the truth? And to answer that you have to look at all the surrounding evidence. I’m absolutely convinced that the majority of these women are telling the truth."
The guardian report goes on to say that the troops based in the town of Nanyuki are "encouraged to interact with the local population" and that they have built a number of schools and bridges in the area. The area we are told is also a
"magnet for prostitutes from "across impoversihed central Kenya. Typically, they charge as little as £3 for sex, often gambling on the prospect of striking up a lucrative longterm friendship with a British soldier. Mixed race children are a common feature of the area."
I think you can see where this is going? The inference here is that the women are actually prostitutes who are trying to cash in by claiming to have been raped. The report continues with how the local inhabitants of Nanyuki, "the Kikuyu, Kenya’s biggest tribe" who faught the British during the fight for independence, were nevertheless "pro-British" and in fact
recently demonstrated against what it considered to be many fictitious rape allegations against the British army, which have seen the soldiers confined to barracks, unable to spend money
So we don’t have to take the word of the British soldiers or government as even the Kenya’s "biggest tribe" do not believe the women. Hows that for a bit of imperialistic divisiveness. Poor African women deviously trying to wangle money out of the British Empire – is this what we are supposed to believe? Another example of Black people being portrayed as being devious especially when it comes to women and sex.
The Samburu women have now taken their case to the UN. The women who attended the Beijing+10 Conference said they would "invoke the Optional Protocol to seek justice if the Kenya and British governments failed to address their grievances." The Kenyans were part of a 60 strong delegation which called on all governments to address the issue of violence against women.