On 4 August 1972, as part of what became known as the economic war
, Idi Amin
, President of Uganda
, gave Uganda's Asians
origin) 90 days to leave the country, following an alleged dream in which, he claimed, God
told him to expel them.
The order for expulsion was based on the Indophobic
social climate of Uganda. The Ugandan government claimed that the Indians were hoarding wealth and goods to the detriment of indigenous Africans, "sabotaging" the Ugandan economy.
In 1965, under Prime Minister Milton Obote
(later President), Kenyans
had been barred from leadership positions within the government, and this was followed by the removal of Kenyans en masse from Uganda in 1969.
Former British colonies in Sub-Saharan Africa
have many citizens of South Asian
descent. They were brought there by the British Empire
from British India
to do clerical
work in Imperial service, or unskilled/semi-skilled manual labour such as construction or farmwork. In academic discourse, racism directed against these people from their host countries falls under the rubric
. The most prominent example of this is the ethnic cleansing
of the Indian (sometimes simply called "Asian") minority in Uganda by the dictator Idi Amin
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