KENYA: The Hola Scandal

In Kenya's sweltering sun one morning last March, husky African warders herded 85 ragged prisoners out of the inner compound at Hola camp, 220 miles east of Nairobi, and into an adjacent field. The prisoners were the last hard-core remnants of Mau Mau terrorism. Each had taken the bloody oaths to kill, each had killed; many were sullen and confused men warped by their savagery. For all of them it was to be another day of digging on an irrigation ditch. Suddenly, as if by prearrangement, dozens of the prisoners fell to the...

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