KENYA: Opening the Highlands

"Hello—have you sold your farm yet?" In Kenya last week, this was the standard greeting whenever white settlers met. Behind it lay the bitterest blow that Kenya's settlers have yet suffered: a Kenya government proposal to open up to Africans and Asians the immensely fertile 12,700 sq. mi. of the British colony's "White Highlands" (see map).

The White Highlands are "white" because since 1939 only Kenya's 60,000 Europeans have been allowed to lease farms there—a state of affairs that has constituted a perennial political and psychological affront to the colony's 6,000,000 Africans. The new plan might ease the affront, but...

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