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Add Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya to the list?

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Submitted by James Garner (United States), Nov 7, 2007 at 15:28

Should the deaths in the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya (1952 - 1960) be added to the list? The cutoff inclusion is 10,000 deaths. Even the official British estimate is 11,503.

The main problem in adding it to the list is the lack of scholarly consensus of even a ballpark estimate. Any number used on the list will be controversial and invite attack.

Wikipedia provides a sober assessment of numbers:

"The official number of Kenyans killed was estimated at 11,503 by British sources, but David Anderson places the actual number at higher than 20,000, and Caroline Elkins claims it is probably at least as high as 70,000, perhaps much higher. However, Elkins' methodology for arriving at her conclusions has been subject to considerable criticism."[8] [9]

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