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Building railways in Africa can present tough problems. In the case of the Uganda Railway in the late 1800s, designed to carry produce from Uganda and Kenya to the port of Mombasa, it was serial killing of the Indian workers.
Construction was halted after men mysteriously vanished night after night in Kenya’s semi-arid Tsavo wilderness, and reappeared in the bush as mangled corpses.
Ex-British Army railway engineer Lt Colonel John Henry Patterson estimated that more than 100 Indians and Kenyan villagers died in nine months before he hunted down the killers and shot them. The infamous pair of man-eating lions of Tsavo, dubbed “The Ghost” and “The Darkness”, ended up as Patterson’s floor rugs...
This article first appeared on www.telegraph.co.uk
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