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Facts those show the harsh Reality of the British Empire – Punwadi

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Under the glitter of the developments that were long familiar around the world lies the harsh reality of the atrocities inflicted by one of the most significant empires that ever existed – The British Empire.

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The foremost example of their cruelty was the concentration camps during the Boer war. At this time hundreds and thousands of South African people were detained in the camps. This led to an outburst of deadly diseases killing many women and children in the camp. Apart from this there was also scarcity of food and basic sanitation facilities. An account of the death toll stated that 10% of the entire population died in these camps out of which 22000 were only children. This infamous incident caused 48000 civilian causalities which was 18000 more than the total number of soldiers which died on both sides.
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During the 1960s a port in the Aden region of modern Yemen was a port controlled by Britsh. A nationwide protest started to absolve this port which resulted in the Brits setting up torture cells to tame this uprising. People who were captured where kept in refrigeration cells and allowed to freeze until suffering from frost bites and pneumonia. Cigarettes were extinguished on victim’s skin in an attempt to burn them. There were also cases of sexual assaults like people were forced to sit naked on metal poles until it would pierce their derriere under their body weight and also their genitals were crushed by the guards. When this report by Amnesty International came out in 1966, the Brits apologised for their behavior but still continued this atrocity for another year.
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On April 13, 1919 some thousands of people gathered to protest peacefully on the grounds of Jalliawala Bagh in Amritsar. To crush their protest, at 4:30 pm Brigadier Reginald Dyer along with his troops surrounded and blocked the exits to the garden. After this they started firing openly until they ran out of ammunition. Within 10 minutes around 1000 people were shot dead. To escape the attack many women and children jumped into the well situated in the garden but unfortunately never made it out of it. When Dyer was called back to London people labelled him as a hero and was applauded for saving India. Even 26000 pounds were raised for him. He stayed there for the rest of his life and died in peace thinking that his actions were morally justified.
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On April 13, 1919 some thousands of people gathered to protest peacefully on the grounds of Jalliawala Bagh in Amritsar. To crush their protest, at 4:30 pm Brigadier Reginald Dyer along with his troops surrounded and blocked the exits to the garden. After this they started firing openly until they ran out of ammunition. Within 10 minutes around 1000 people were shot dead. To escape the attack many women and children jumped into the well situated in the garden but unfortunately never made it out of it. When Dyer was called back to London people labelled him as a hero and was applauded for saving India. Even 26000 pounds were raised for him. He stayed there for the rest of his life and died in peace thinking that his actions were morally justified.

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In between 1955 and 1959, a group of Cyprus rebels tried to bomb the British colonies. To respond to their actions 3000 innocent Cypriots were held as captives in internment camps. These innocent people were subjected to many violent and abusive executions. People were beaten, pepper was rubbed in the eyes of children who were just 15 years of age, their bones were broken and were flogged with iron whips. People were executed in court for holding sympathise with the rebels and were molested to the extent of death. cyprus rebbled british colony

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During the Iraqi revolution of 1920 to claim back their land from the British, the Iraqis turned to revolution. In  response, the Britsh subjected them to tales of horror and revulsion. They were given orders to conduct random raids in villages and if anyone was suspected of keeping weapons then every living person inhabiting was exterminated. In short, they were given orders to annihilate whole villages. Wells were poisoned, children even animals were slaughtered. They would even conduct night raids and deploy chemical weapons to suppress the revolution. This series of events would continue for half a decade.

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Then comes the great Irish famine between 1845 and 1852. To provide relief the Britishers sent Charles Trevelyan to Ireland which turned this famine into a massive genocide. A Christian by religion, he believed that a famine was Gods way to punish the common for their sins. He refused to hand out food to the needy and instituted them into a work labour program. He forced them to build useless roads and gave them a minimum wage for their work to buy food. He blamed the Irish for their ignorance and poverty and was officially venerated in London for his relief work.

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During 1950, the Kenyans tried to start a revolution to regain their lost land. In an attempt to curb their efforts more than 1.5 million people were placed in concentration camps. There started a series of molestation and torture. Men were raped with knives, women’s bosoms were severed, eyes were gouged out , people were burned alive and were scourged with whips and barbed wires. People were castrated and mud was stamped in their mouths until they passed out or died. Estimates suggest that tens of thousands of people lost their lives in these horrible camps. Kenyan Revolution 1950

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The most recent example that surfaced was the Bengal Famine of 1943. Evidence suggests that the death toll which took lives of millions was deliberate. And to our surprise this holocaust was ordered by none other but the man himself –Winston Churchill. Engaged in World War II he refused to provide any aid to the starving and the destitute. He ordered the supplies to be diverted for the British troops which already had it in excess. Not only this he even blocked the supplies coming from America and Canada. When telegrammed from Delhi about the status quo the one thing that Churchill asked was that if this was the case then why Gandhi hasn’t died yet. bengal-famine-1943

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