They were detained and tortured at the end of British Colonial rule in Kenya: beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted; even castrated. Decades later, some of the few survivors traveled to the United Kingdom to sue for damages.

The British government has accepted that detainees were tortured by colonial forces, and in October 2012, the claimants won the right to sue for damages.

On June 6, 2013, the British government announced that it would make payments totalling £19.9m, representing a 'full and final settlement'. Over 5000 elderly Kenyans who suffered torture and abuse at the hands of colonial-era authorities will benefit from the pay-out.

At a press conference in Nairobi on June 6, 2013, many Mau Mau-era veterans turned up to hear the announcement by the British High Commissioner to Kenya.