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This war graves report shows Britain must face its colonial past with honesty | David Lammy

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers who died for Britain went unremembered, simply because of their race

Walking around the Voi cemetery in southern Kenya a couple of years ago while filming a documentary for Channel 4, I read the names of British captains and corporals who died in the country in the first world war and paid my solemn respects.

I then asked the caretaker where the bodies of the Africans who also served Britain were buried. He pointed into the distance, behind the fence of the neatly-kept grounds into the bush, where dogs pee next to discarded plastic bags, bottles and other bits of miscellaneous rubbish. There was no headstone, no memorial and no dignity to be found in their deaths.

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