By Jonathan Mburugu.
Most of the British people somehow don’t know that, they are living under the wealth of bloodshed from Africa and Asia, specifically India, Kenya and Azania (Present day South Africa).
“There is no real awareness of the atrocities, of the fact that Britain financed its prosperity from the depredations of empire, the fact, that Britain came to one of the richest countries in the world in the 18th century and reduced it, after two decades of plunder, to one of the poorest”. Said in reference to India, former UN under-secretary general. Dr Shashi Tharoor who further added that the British education system fails to tell the real story of the empire.
A stunning majority of Britons, around 46% were proud of their government previous history of colonialism while around 20% regretted it according to YouGov Poll.
The same poll also found 43% believed empire was a good thing, while 19% said it was a bad thing and 25% said it was neither good nor bad.
At its height in 1922, the British Empire governed a fifth of the world’s population and a quarter of the world’s total land area. Most of the British Empire were culminated by the use of massacres, famines and the use of concentration camps. Although some developments brought in to some parts to benefits not locals but imperialists.
Here are some of the worst atrocities carried out by the British Empire;
1. BOER AND BLACK AFRICAN CONCENTRATION CAMP (1899-1902). During the second Boer war in Azania present day South Africa. Of the 107,000 put in the camps, 27,927 Boers died along with an unknown number of black Africans.
2. THE MAU MAU UPRISING IN 1951-1960. Thousands of elderly Kenyans today claimed British colonial forces mistreated, raped and tortured them. Members of certain local communities were detained in camps, which were described as “Britain’s gulags” or concentration camp, where they were systematically tortured and suffered serious sexual assaults. The deaths estimates were around up to 100,000.
3. FAMINE IN INDIA. Between 12 and 29 million Indians died of starvation while under British Empire, as millions of tons of wheat being exported to Britain. In 1943, up to 4 million Bengalis starved to death as Winston Churchill diverted food to British soldiers and Greece. Winston Churchill said this about Bengal famine in 1943; “I hate Indians. They are beastly people with a beastly religion. The famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits.”
Mau Mau captives under Winston Churchill command