Accusations of UK soldiers fathering kids in Kenya

(MENAFN) British soldiers training in Kenya under the British army Training Unit (BATUK) have been accused of raping thousands of Kenyan women over several decades, leading to the birth of numerous mixed-race children in remote villages of central Kenya, according to a report by CNN published on Monday.

The accusations suggest that at least 69 children were born as a result of alleged rapes committed by United Kingdom soldiers during their training exercises. These children, now residing in rural areas about 200km north of Nairobi, reportedly face significant challenges, including ostracization by their communities and a lack of support from their British fathers.

CNN highlighted the plight of children like 17-year-old Marian Pannalossy, who recounted being called "mzungu maskini," meaning poor white girl, by locals who question her presence in the community. Many of these children have reportedly received no contact or assistance from their fathers, who returned to the United Kingdom after completing their military training in Kenya.

The allegations of sexual crimes involving British troops in Kenya span back to the 1950s, with previous cases also involving accusations of murder. One particularly notorious incident occurred in 2012 when a 21-year-old Kenyan woman disappeared after being seen entering a hotel with British soldiers. Her body was later discovered in a septic tank. Despite the identification of a soldier as the suspected killer by his peers, he has never faced trial for the alleged crime.

These allegations have brought renewed attention to the historical and ongoing impact of British military presence in Kenya, raising questions about accountability and justice for victims and their families affected by these incidents.



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