Ten years after the British Military in Kenya were cleared of wrongdoing; the women of Samburu, who have filed over 600 rape claims over a 50 year period, still strive for justice.
In 2011, the non-governmental organisation Cultures of Resistance produced a documentary telling the story of the Samburu women.
The video is now gaining traction on social media with organisations like Media Diversified sharing the story of the rape claims, which were investigated by the UK’s Royal Military Police (RMP).
This three year investigation culminated in 2006; however, after interviewing 2,187 women, the RMP dismissed the claims.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence told the Guardian at the time that: “A large amount of the information provided by the Kenyan police and medical authorities appears to have been fabricated,”
At the time, the RMP found more than 200 of the claims to be worthy of further investigation, but dismissed all the cases due to discrepancies such as the accused army units not being in Kenya.
At the time, Johnson ole Kaunga, of the Impact human rights group, told Reuters the women would take their cases to local courts.
He said: “There are a number of cases with concrete evidence”.
“They have spent three years and millions of British taxpayers’ money just to tell us what they have always said. This is a joke”.
The Samburu women won legal aid in 2003, and were represented by British law firm Leigh Day, who also took on the Mau Mau torture claims case in 2009.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Leigh Day said that while the cases were not closed, the apparent loss of documentation by Kenyan police meant they may not be re-launched.
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Photo Credit: Cultures of Resistance Films