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Book about despair and fear of expelled Ugandan Asians

It recalls the experience of their expulsion

10th July 2009: A journey through despair and fear of Ugandan Asian Diaspora has found its way to a unique book to be released at the House of Lords on 13th July.

They were expelled by Dictator Idi Amin; many of them eventually settled in Leicester and other parts of Britain.
 
The 62-page illustrated book, ‘Ugandan Memories’ by Bill Law, Tim Haq and Dorothy Douglas recalls the experience of their expulsion and has been produced in conjunction with the University of Leicester and Diverse City.

President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni gives a foreword for the book which provides a platform for those who were dispossessed by Africanisation policies to articulate their experience.

“What emerges is intensely personal and at the same time universal as we witness, through the words of those who lived the experience, what is the pain of being uprooted and the suffering of migration,” said Tim Haq.

“Amin’s act of expulsion –first the Jews and then the Asians – left a lasting legacy around the world, and particularly so in Leicester where many Uganda Asians sought to rebuild their lives. It is their stories that speak through Ugandan Memories.”

Colin Hyde, from the East Midlands Oral History Archive, based at the University of Leicester, added: “Ugandan Memories is a useful resource for anyone interested in the history of Leicester, of East Africa or of migration to the UK. It provides valuable information about family and community history and sheds light on a remarkable period of history.”

 

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