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Idi Amin’s ‘Economic War’ Victimised Uganda’s Africans and Asians Alike

August 21, 2022


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5-15 mins
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Presented by The Conversation

“The day of salvation for the Ugandan Africans.” President Amin exclaims during the speech announcing the Economic War, a war supposed to be of liberation. Three strenuous months followed for the “Ugandan Asian” (Indians and Pakistani people) as they tried to finalize affairs to leave the country due to Amin’s decree. In an article for The Conversation, Derek Peterson, a professor of history and African American studies at the University of Michigan, discusses how the plight of the Asian community made it difficult to realize the actual target of the campaign — Africans.

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