KENYA: Burning Spears

For 58 days the little red schoolhouse had served as a courtroom. Surrounded by barbed wire, guarded by armored cars and lines of soldiers, with reconnaissance planes flying overhead, the court was ready to pass sentence.

Among the six accused Kikuyu tribesmen, one stood out: a paunchy, bearded man of about 50, with slightly bloodshot eyes, who wore a giant bloodstone ring on his left hand. He affected a kind of personal uniform: an open-neck, rust-colored sport shirt, crepe-soled suede boots, a leather windbreaker and dark brown corduroy trousers fastened with a gaily embroidered native belt. In Kenya such belts...

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