Kes wrote:I'm old enough to remember the Uganda crisis of 1972.
Uganda was a former British colony that gained it's Independance in the late sixties. One of the things the British did, while it was a colony, was draft in a workforce from India, who then set about creating a range of businesses. Basically, one percent of the population controlled five percent of the country's wealth.
To cut a long story short, a guy called Idi Amin came to power, and in 1972, made a decision to give the Ugandan Asian community, seven days to clear out. After this period, his troops were allowed to rape, murder, or do anything else they wanted to, without fear of disciplinary action. The people uprooted were literally stripped of their possessions/valuables before being allowed to leave the country.
I think this affected about 60,000 people. Britain took in about 27,000, Canada and America a few thousand, some fled to neighbouring countries, or back to India, and about 22,000 were left unaccounted for. Apparently, because bullets cost about 4 pence each, back then, his troops were encouraged to use "manual means" in carrying out the ethnic cleansing.
Kind of sounds a little like the one at the moment?
I remember an old RAF camp on the south coast being turned into a refugee camp of sorts. Thing is, I don't remember the rest of Europe giving a flying fuck. Maybe they'd say the only reason the Indians were in Uganda, was the British, so fuck them. I don't know, I was only 12 at the time, I didn't really understand it.
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