Exiles: The Ugandan Asian Story Learning resources

About the authors Bill Bolloten is an independent education consultant. He specialises in work on equality, diversity, migration and community cohesion. Suman Bhuchar has been involved in the Exiles Project as a researcher, writer, interviewer and production supervisor for the digital stories. The Exiles Project, Project manager: Santhosh Chandran Project coordinator: Jayesh Amin Heritage consultant: Philip Kiberd Design: Tim Hughes



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Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion, and Foreign Policy (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) Hardcover – 23 Sep 2015

by Kelly M. Greenhill  (Author)


Uganda (G)—United Kingdom, 1972 [British Ugandans]; Failure

On August 5,1972, President Idi Amin announced his intention to expel all Asians from Uganda within three months, in what has been widely regarded as an act of simple economic expropriation (i.e., a case of dispossessive engineered migration Up to 80,000 of those due to be pushed out were British passport-holders.



Second generation Madhvani

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Manubhai (on the right) with his brother, Jayant . The two Madhvanis grew their father’s businesses and handed them over bigger and better to a third generation, despite turbulent times.


In Summary


These stories of Manubhai Madhvani who died in London in May 2011, are excerpts from Vali Jamal’s book Uganda Asians: Then and now, Here and There, We contributed, We contribute. The interview was done at Kakira on June 19, 2008 with Eng Yashwant D. Sidpra.



Expulsion of Indians from Uganda 1972 | Part 1/2

Uganda recognises Sikh Contribution.

Uganda recognises Sikh Contribution.
Uganda recognises Sikh Contribution.
Amazing that Kenya, Uganda and Canada recognized the contributions of Sikhs to their society and country as a whole. Sikhism being the fifth largest religion in t
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'From Kampala to Leicester': The Story of a Community

On 4 August 1972, then President of Uganda, Idi Amin, ordered the expulsion of his country's Indian and Pakistani minority, giving them 90 days to leave Uganda.[1] Amin said that he had had a dream in which God told him to order the expulsion.



Asian Voice …. Glorious Gujaratis


Gujaratis are known to make a mark everywhere in the world, from Canada to US to Europe to New Zealand- whatever be their job- whether it's business, politics, banking, legal, art, music or acting. There are very few who do not know leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah or Narendra Modi.



On This Day: Idi Amin orders 60,000 Asians out of Uganda



Idi Amin expels Asians from Uganda



1972: Asians given 90 days to leave Uganda



In 1972, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin ordered all Asians out of the country, which led to around 10,000 arriving in Leicester.



Exile, Discrimination and Integration
The story of Britain’s Ugandan Asians 40 Years on



Uganda: The Legacy of Idi Amin’s Expulsion of Asians in 1972



Immigration archive: Ugandan Asians in Leicester (1972)



Short-sighted demagogue who played the race card: Idi Amin expelled the Asians 20 years ago. Richard Dowden, Africa Editor, explains why the decision was supported by Ugandans







Salma Mughal 


With the expulsion of Ugandan Asians in 1972 came separation of family and friends. I found this letter addressed to my late father, dated 24th October 1972. 
Stamped Newbury, 24th October 1972.


Now, that is nostalgia, imagine your own parents, your loved ones, and small children, young, old all forcibly displaced with the very clothes that you, they wore and the devastation that brought to the elders on the forceful burden that was bestowed upon them at their age, all lost.

Elders who had spent decades building what they had with their blood sweat and tears for the very loving families that stood in front of them with nothing, nothing at all, as all was left behind, taken away from them, all they had was each other.

Social network, all were so tightly knitted as one household, that experience that still echoes at social gathering amongst us all to this very day, all school friends that were like a family to us all, some parted never to be seen ever again, all the sentimental landscapes, the food, the air that was so pure and different even the aroma of the sand when it rained lingers in our thoughts, how each and every one of us must have been dichotomized from the land that was one's precious ancestral home, how each one of us was possibly dissected in their very own psychological way only to find in a land far away that we only read about.

A land that had different cultural, religion, environment, traditions, climate, a land that some folks seen us all as a threat to their livelihood, threat towards their loved ones, prejudiced, yet all we were “a people without a land, with some belongings, fragmented in mind and soul, beings that had been abandoned with families... for elders to now start life all over again with their loved ones providing shelter, feeding, educating, nursing them, to consoling them, comforting, reassuring that all will be alright etc providing, supporting us in the best possible way that they could.. BLESS THEM FOR THEY DID NOT DESERVE ALL THAT!

Life is such…


The History of Fort Portal (Fort Gerry)


It is the only town in Uganda with an English name “Fort Portal”, and the town was named after the British Consul General of Zanzibar, Sir Gerald Portal, who came to Uganda in 1890s to formalize British protectorate ship over Uganda.


Fort portal is perhaps the most attractive town in Uganda, its situated amid lush rolling hillsides swathed in near tea plantations and clouds permitting / offering excellent views across to the glacial peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains to the west, the town centre has seen a great deal of renovation since the early 1990’s, including plenty of new hotels and restaurants, and what with the recent resurfacing of its internal roads, it is barely recognizable from the run down Fort portal hole of a few years back.




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Memories Leicester


Copyright Confederation of Indian Organisations (UK), Leicester Mercury or individuals
donating images.  * Some images courtasy of Leicester Mercury Archive at the University of Leicester



More Links on Uganda:


The Most Evil Men in History: Idi Amin



Uganda Asian Refugee Movement 1972



Ugandan Indian Migration (1970s)



Leicester: Ugandan Asians - 40 years on (Part 1, 2 & 3)





Uganda 40 Yrs on



Return to Uganda - 06 Aug 07 - Part 1 & 2




Rana's Reflections, Ruminations & Recollections



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