KENYA: Eye for an Eye

It was a routine week in Kenya's brutal Mau Mau war:

¶ At Kiambu, near Nairobi, four-year-old Andrew Stephens, son of a retired R.A.F. officer, was pedaling his tricycle outside his home when a terrorist bounded out of the woods. The terrorist swung his panga at the child's curly head and all but decapitated the boy. Captured, the Kikuyu tribesman said he had just taken the Mau Mau oath which pledged him to behead a European.

¶ In Nairobi's supreme court, a 17-year-old Briton serving in the colony's emergency police force was found guilty of technical assault for tossing lighted matches at...

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