KENYA: Challenge, Then Shoot

Through Nairobi's crowded Indian bazaars and squalid Negro quarter sped an ugly rumor: all Negro nursemaids had been ordered by the Mau Mau to murder white babies in their charge. The whites, hearing the rumor, took no chances. By train, by road and plane, hundreds of white children were sent to friends in Mombasa, 300 miles away on the Kenya coast. It was the tensest week since the Mau Mau emergency began. Nairobi's 16,000 whites were frankly awaiting a big Mau Mau attack. Probable Mau Mau Dday: April 8, when the court...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!