Kenya: Return of the Mau Mau?

Less than two weeks after winning its independence, Kenya became embroiled in bloody conflict with Somalia, its northeastern neighbor. Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta declared a state of emergency in the border region, where nomadic shiftas (raiders) from Somalia have recently stepped up their attacks on a part of Kenya that is inhabited by Somalis. The government set up a five-mile-wide buffer strip along the ill-defined border, where, it claimed, shiftas "steal cattle, beat women, threaten to murder tribal chiefs and others"; last week four tribesmen were killed and eight were injured in one raid. Kenya's Somalis have repeatedly asked...

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