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June 1952

Mau Mau Uprising

The Mau Mau uprising (1952-1960) happened in Kenya which is in East Africa. Kenya has one sea coast; the Indian Ocean. It is surrounded by neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.

Where did it happen?

Why did it happen?

Kenya was a British Protectorate and was very important for mining and growing crops in the rich soil. It also provided a valuable stop on the trade route to India after the Suez Canal opened.

The native Kikuyu people lost a great deal of their land to the British and this led to tension as it was needed for growing food and an important status symbol for families.