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50 Ugandan Asian StOries

AFFCAD UK are celebrating 50 years since the exodus of Ugandan Asians from Uganda, by sharing 50 stories of those involved.

the Ugandan Asians Exodus

In early August 1972, the president of Uganda, Idi Amin, ordered the expulsion of his country’s Asian minority, and gave them just 90 days to leave. At the time of the expulsion, there were about 50,000 individuals of Indian descent living in Uganda.

Of these, many thousands were officially recognised as citizens of Uganda. But regardless, all were forced to leave behind their homes and livelihoods.

The majority of those who were expelled emigrated to the UK, while others went to Canada, India, Kenya, or Pakistan. Meanwhile, over 5,000 of their businesses, farms and estates were reallocated, along with their homes, cars and most of their household goods.

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Our Project: 50 Ugandan Asian Stories

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Despite their hardships following the exodus, many of the Ugandan Asians expelled from their home have gone on to lead fulfilling lives around the world: starting families; building businesses; and engaging in community work.

To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the exodus, and the spirit of Ugandan Asians, AFFCAD UK are sharing 50 Ugandan Asian stories of the unique memories and inspiring journeys of those who were involved. We will be posting their original stories via our blog. Some of our volunteers were involved in the exodus and have contributed their stories, so please look out for them.

If you have story to tell regarding the exodus, we strongly encourage you to share your experiences with us. You could even provide us with the stories of your family members, on their behalf; or send this page to anyone you know who might be interested.

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