Idi Amin, President of Uganda 1972

The former Ugandan President Idi Amin

In 1972, President Idi Amin Dada said he had a dream in which God had commanded him to order Asians to leave Uganda. He gave them 90 days.

Uganda, 40 years on

Forty years ago President Idi Amin made an announcement which shocked the world which lead to tens of thousands of Asians fleeing Uganda.

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Part 2: Ugandan Asians, 40 years on

by Rajiv Popat

It is incredible to think that forty-years-ago, a local authority placed an advert in a Ugandan newspaper warning Asians not to move to Leicester. It said local services were already stretched.

This happened at a time when Asians in Uganda were being forced to leave the country by the dictator Idi Amin.

But they defied the warnings from the council. And as Rajiv Popat reports, they arrived penniless and overcame intense hostility to make their mark in Britain.

Part 1: Ugandan Asians, 40 years on

by Rajiv Popat

Forty years ago, President Idi Amin issued a chilling warning that would turn lives upside down forever. He ordered the expulsion of more than fifty thousand Asians from the country.

Many settled here in the Midlands. Central Tonight's Rajiv Popat travelled to Uganda where Asians were given just 90 days to leave. In the first of a series of special reports, he's been speaking to those who say they're still haunted by the painful memories of the past.


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