VISNEWS brings you first pictures of hard-core Mau Mau detainees on hunger strike since May 12.
VISNEWS brings you first pictures of hard-core Mau Mau detainees on hunger strike since May 12. They lie on beds behind barbed wire at the Hola detention camp Kenya where eleven men died after beatings by guards last march.
The television and press visit was the first allowed by the Kenya Government since the fatal beatings.
VISNEWS cameraman Ray Robinson was first in to film the interiors. He visit to the closed part of the camp - Hola is mainly a rehabilitation establishment - was forbidden.
The 133 detainees behind barbed wire can walk to comparative freedom, District Commissioner Tommy Thompson disclosed.
He said these detainees - many of them were in the incident which led to the fatal beatings - preferred to stay behind barbed wire. The only conditions demanded of the detainees who wished to leave the closed camp for the open one - where they would be paid to work - were that they should agree not to try to leave Hola - not to join any political party-and not to attend secret meetings.
Asked why this had not been made clear in view of the adverse publicity surrounding the camp, District Commission Thompson said he did not know, as the scheme had been in operation for many months.