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A look back at the Kenyan victims of British colonial rule

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Mau Mau suspects at a 'Special Effort Camp' in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1952.

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Mau Mau veterans celebrate at a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, June 6, after it was announced that the British government would pay compensation to more than 5,000 elderly Kenyans who suffered torture and abuse during the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya between 1952 and 1960.

By Ian Johnston, Staff Writer, NBC News

The U.K. on Thursday finally agreed to pay compensation to thousands of victims of horrific torture during the British colonial rule in Kenya in the 1950s.

Nearly 50 years after Kenya became independent, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the U.K. Parliament that a total of about $30 million would be paid to 5,228 victims and said his government "sincerely regrets" what happened.

It is a decision that may attract the attention of Barack Obama, whose Kenyan grandfather Onyango was held in a detention camp for six months, according to the president’s book “Dreams From My Father.”

“When he returned … he was very thin and dirty. He had difficulty walking, and his head was full of lice,” Obama wrote. Continue reading

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Children from the Kikuyu tribe, one of Kenya's most numerous ethnic groups, are held in a prison camp during Mau Mau uprising in Kenya on Dec. 3, 1952.

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Mau Mau veterans in Nairobi on June 6.

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An imprisoned Mau Mau soldier in Kenya in the 1950s.

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A composite image shows 24 Mau Mau veterans who posed individually for portraits at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi during a press conference by the British High Commission, the law firm Leigh Day, and the Mau Mau War Veterans' Association on June 6.

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A 1952 night raid organized by the Army and the Kenya police to find members of the Mau Mau.