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Leicester marks marks 50 years since Ugandan Asians expelled

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Al-Araby

Fifty years ago, dictator Idi Amin announced his intention to expel Uganda’s thriving community of British South Asians. They were given 90 days to leave, or be rounded up into concentration camps. More than 27,000 ethnic Indian and Pakistani holders of UK passports made their way to Britain, which reluctantly took in its former colonial subjects. Many of them came to the English Midlands city of Leicester, and many arrived penniless after Idi Amin expropriated their wealth in a purported drive to give “Uganda back to ethnic Ugandans”. Overcoming English racism and weather, the refugees rebuil…

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