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Tracing how Ruparelias came, settled in Uganda

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When one mentions the name Ruparelia, the first images that come to the mind of most Ugandans are that of Sudhir’s family.

However, the Ruparelias have an extended family of which the Sudhirs form only one part. On Capital FM’s Desert Island Discs, Simon Kasyate tracks down Babulai Valji Ruparelia, a brother to Sudhir’s father, who tells the story of how the Ruparelias came to Uganda and settled in the country: -

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Why Idi Amin expelled Indians

A signed official letter from Idi Amin, an exclusive copy of which is with us, explains why Indians were expelled from UGANDA.

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Evening Standard - This Day On August 22nd 1972


British envoy announces Uganda airlift plans. 15,000 ASIANS HERE IN 'WEEKS'

THE FIRST 12,000 to 15,000 British Asians kicked out of Uganda on the orders of President Amin will be airlifted to Britain "within a few weeks".


British High Commissioner Richard Slater said in Kampala today that he had got orders from London to organise the first phase of the exodus.

"I have just received authority to proceed with immediate effect to grant entry certificates to the 3000 heads of family whose applications for quota vouchers had already been processed," he announced at a Press conference.


Be patient ... be patient

"That's to day they were already in the queue, and their documentation is complete."


He explained that they would be leaving "in a matter of weeks rather than days" because their documentation would have to be given a final check, and the Asians concerned also have to wind up their affairs in Uganda before they left.This would require them to obtain tax clearance certificates, and in some cases to register their businesses with the Ugandan authorities.


In addition, the Uganda government had to decide how much money they would be allowed to take with them.Said the High Commissioner : "I don't think we can expect a mass movement in a very short space of time, but it should be clear by tomorrow morning that we are making a start."


What of the rest of the 50,000 or more British passport holders among the 60,000 Asians who have until November 7 to get out of the country?"The remainder will just have to wait patiently until we can call them forward as and when arrangements can be made," said the Commissioner.




The airlift of the first to leave will be largely done by charter aircraft and they will have to pay their own fares.Reception centres would be set up in Britain "because the Asians have to be processed on arrival," said Mr Slater. But he hoped there would be no need to house them in transit camps.


"Most have relatives and resources of one kind or another in the United Kingdom." Normally the absorption of 12,000 to 15,000 would take between two and three years. How rapidly would Uganda process the tax clearance and other formalities? "I am in touch with the authorities, although we haven't got a working committee going yet," said Mr Slater. About 20 consular reinforcements would soon be flown to Kampala to help the British mission. And what about those Asians holding Ugandan citizenship who are now being made stateless, but who at one stage held British passports? "They will have to be considered case by case ... it will take a long time," replied Mr. Slater.


Ealing protest: We've no room


A SPECIAL council meeting of Ealing Borough Council is to be summoned to consider the Ugandan refugee question.


Tory members want the Government to make it abundantly clear to Asians "who may initially be contemplating settling in the borough that they will be faced with great difficulties if they do so." They also want the Government to "take all steps open to it, including, if necessary, the provision of financial assistance to induce these refugees not to settle in this borough."


‘This Man I Call Father’


On April 11, 1979, His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, CBE, Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular, was overthrown by a rebel insurgency.


Yunas Majothi's
Iganga, Uganda Collection

Kind appreciations and credit goes to Yunas Majothi of Bristol, England, in bringing us all such memorable moments “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. Carl Jung

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Booze, Beans & Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop

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Seven Hills - How one family fled Uganda and changed British culture (Bristol Sweet Mart)

Exiled from Uganda: the Asians searching for meaning

Huma Qureshi 


A story narrated by a mother who was born in Uganda, puts pen to paper and a daughter who was born in Canada also presents and reminds us all, of the sad history in how her family was wretchedly forced out, under refugee status, what that callous experience meant to them all and in the process of an Unpredicted new prospect overseas, in starting a new era in life, all over again.


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Tahera Al-Harazi
Narrated by Tahera Al-Harazi
My paternal Grandfather, Nazarali Mithabhai (my Dada – father’s father), came from India as an orphan at the suggestion of another Indian who was also going to Africa in the 1930’s. Dada arrived first in Mombasa and again upon another suggestion made his way to Uganda. At first Dada worked odd jobs until a friend of his gave him money to invest in his own small shop selling miscellaneous items in Entebbe.
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Alifiya's Presentation
On this day exodus and resettlement:
Nov 4, 1972 - Our very last full day in a land that was home to my grandfather in his teens until the day he passed in 1964, my father's from birth, my mother's as an infant and my brother's and mine from birth.
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From Uganda with love: When a Pakistani family was given 90 days to leave their home

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From Uganda with love: When a Pakistani family was given 90 days to leave their home

A forced exodus was imposed upon South Asians in Uganda by Idi Amin’s brutal regime.
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Four decades after the expulsion of Ugandan Asians

By: Nick Van Hear, Deputy Director

Forty years ago this month, in August 1972, President Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Asians from Uganda. The expulsion was in many ways a classical move to divert attention away from the country’s political and economic troubles and on to a scapegoat minority.  Predictably, it did little to help resolve Uganda’s problems, and in fact worsened them.

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01 September 1997

Manubhai Madhvani Out of Uganda


Twenty five years ago, Manubhai Madhvani joined thousands of Asians fleeing Uganda in the exodus of 1972. It was a traumatic uprooting, precipitated by the ruthless dictator ldi Amin, who with Teutonic efficiency, purged the country of around 80,000 Asians in just 90 days. Madhvani's first glimpse of the dull grey skies of England was from an old army barracks set up near Stansted to accommodate planeload after planeload of refugees. Around 35,000 landed with very small suitcases and a handful of their possessions, some with no more than the shirts on their backs, as the army would often stop departing immigrants and steal everything they had.

East Africa 1700-1950

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Migration from Uganda to the U.K.

Alsha Patel

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Tourism, White Privilege and Colonial Mentality in East Africa

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By Samira Sawlani

We walked into the police station in Uganda. My white British friend who wanted to file a complaint had asked me to accompany her. The three officers behind the desk stood up immediately, one giving her his chair, the other rushing to take notes and the third, with a great deal of concern on his face asked her what had happened.

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