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  • proper n. a group of anti-British insurgents in colonial Kenya, who were noted in Europe for their (alleged) extreme violence and brutality
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  • If the term Mau Mau sounds familiar, it might be because earlier this year, deceptively nice-seeming conservative whack-job and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee claimed that Barack Obama had been raised in Kenya, his grandfather was involved in the Mau Mau Uprising, and that because of this, Obama holds an anti-American dislike of the British.

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  • It was a questionable time to be traveling to Kenya, largely due to the independence movement, whose guerilla fighters, called the Mau Mau, were hiding in forest encampments all over the country, from which they staged their raids.

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  • Alongside political freedom, the principle demand of the Mau Mau was the return of land from white colonial settlers.


  • Mr. Rabala said his firm, with the help of a U.K. law firm, is collecting more statements from Kenyans allegedly held by the British in detention camps after a 1952 uprising led by a militia group known as the Mau Mau.

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  • A guerrilla group known as Mau Mau began a violent campaign against white settlers in 1952

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  • The Kenyans say they were beaten and sexually assaulted by officers acting for the British administration who were trying to suppress the so-called Mau Mau rebellion, in which groups of Kenyans attacked British officials and white farmers who had settled in some of

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  • After peaceful protests were met with violence, they formed a group, dubbed the Mau Mau, to stop the supression any way they could.


  • The term 'Mau Mau' was a codeword used by fighters in the forest; their real name being the Land and Freedom Army.


  • But then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.

    Why did Huckabee think Obama 'grew up in Kenya?'

  • The British controlled Malaysia, which is kind of close to Indonesia, but the Mau Mau uprising took place in Kenya in the 1950s.

    Huckabee's 'Kenya' clarification raises more questions


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