That night we were divided into several groups. Then we went into the village and we started to attack.
Did you kill anybody?
During the fight, you know, I can’t tell you whether I killed anybody, but I certainly did attack. At the time there was no peace, it was just fighting. One bullet passed close to me. I shot twelve bullets. I was wounded three times. One here on my leg… One in my side… And one bullet passed this way… Another one just missed my head.
Was there no other way to get your freedom other than killing?
There was no other way. We had to fight to show we didn’t want to be colonized. There was nothing else we could have done.
What do you think about the British now?
I feel we are children of the same mother. Today we shook hands… And you are white! At the time we could not even touch each other.
What do you think about the time that the British were here in Kenya as the colonial government?
Apart from ruling us with an iron fist they helped develop this country.
Would the country have been better if they hadn’t been here?
At the time there was no school. I’ve never been to a class in my life. But now even young girls are in school.
You’ll be shocked to know that SFSU doesn’t have any substantial documentaries about the so-called Mau-Mau Uprising. Here are two films that look fairly useful. The first, from 1973, is the second episode of a series called Black Man’s Land. The second– Kenya: White Terror– is based in part on Caroline Elkins’s Imperial Reckoning, which documented British torture of Land and Freedom Army fighters.