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Mudoni Kirima, “heroine” of the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya, has died

THE Mudoni Kirima, one of the few women who fought during the Mau-Mau rebellion andagainst the British settlers in Kenya in the 1950s, he passed away, Kenyan media reported yesterday Tuesday.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Marshal Mudoni Kirima, a strong and influential figure who fought for our freedom,” said Kenyan President William Ruto.

Mudoni Kirima, reportedly 91 or 92, had fought alongside resistance leader Dedan Kimadi during the Mau-Mau rebellion. The Kenyan press pointed out that she was the only woman to reach such a high rank in the ranks of the rebels.

He had been wounded by a bullet in the chest in 1952.

The Mau-Mau rebellion (1952-1960) against British colonial rule claimed at least 10,000 lives: a campaign of repression was launched that was among the bloodiest of the British Empire.

Britain agreed in 2013 – more than half a century later – to offer rehabilitation and reparations to the more than 5,000 Kenyans who suffered horrific abuse during the uprising. The amount agreed to be paid amounted to 20 million pounds (23 million euros).

In 2015, dozens of Mau-Mau veterans attended the unveiling in Nairobi of a British-sponsored memorial to the thousands killed, tortured and imprisoned during the rebellion.

Source: News Beast

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