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Moving the Maasai : a colonial misadventure
Publication Information:
Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; Oxford : in association with St. Antony's College, 2006.
Physical Description:
xvii, 238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
St. Antony's series
1. Introduction -- 2. The moves -- 3. In search of the truth -- 4. The court case -- 5. The ecological impacts -- 6. Blood oaths, boundaries and brothers -- 7. Highland games : settlers and their farm workers -- Conclusion.
"In 1904, in order to make way for white settlers in what was to become Kenya, the Maasai were moved into two reserves, robbing them of the best part of their land in British East Africa. Seven years later the British went back on their word (having promised this move was permanent) and moved the Maasai again - at gunpoint - into one, large reserve that was arid and full of stock diseases. Hundreds of Maasai allegedly died of exposure, disease and famine. There was an outcry led by a maverick British doctor and whistle-blower in East Africa, who alerted British MPs to what was going on. He helped the Maasai to bring a landmark lawsuit in 1913 - but the Maasai lost on a technicality. Now the story has come full circle, with modern-day Maasai, who claim they are still affected by this huge land loss, suing Britain again for the return of land and reparations."--Jacket.