Kenyan atrocity

Heartbreaking letter in today’s Guardian, from a 79-year old man recalling his national service in Kenya, sixty years ago. He confirms what recent revelations have made painfully clear, that we were guilty of systematic ill treatment: “Prize money was offered by senior officers for every death. The brains on one young black I shot with no warning (by orders) landed on my chest. He had no weapons, only a piece of the bible and part of an English-language primer in his pocket. Before I burned his body near the farm where I had been working, I was ordered to cut off his hands, which I did, and put them in my ammunition pouches, as we’d run out of fingerprinting kits.”