Uganda: The Return
Asians back in Africa
BY Omar Sachedina
May 10, 2007
Read excerpts from interviews with filmmaker Mira Nair and her husband, Columbia University professor, Mahmood Mamdani. Both were expelled from Uganda in 1972.
Omar Sachedina is first-generation Canadian, born in Vancouver to Asian parents who were expelled from Uganda in 1972. After graduating from McGill University, where he completed a degree in political science, Sachedina attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Sachedina first traveled to East Africa to trace his history in 2004; he returned the following year. He currently works as a television news reporter and anchor in Toronto. He looks forward to some day visiting India, his ancestral home.
I was always fascinated by the Indian traditions my family has preserved, even though my parents -- and grandparents -- have never visited India. They were born in Uganda. On family vacations to Mexico or Hawaii, they'd make casual references to their African homeland. My mom and dad recalled the mango trees that grew in their backyards, the intense afternoon sun and lush scenery. But no matter how hard I pressed for more information, they were always slightly reticent.
In 1972, my parents were expelled from Uganda by the notorious dictator Idi Amin, along with about 60,000 other Asians who called the East African country home. My great-grandparents had emigrated to Africa from India in the late 1800s, part of a wave of people who were seeking their fortunes elsewhere.
In the decades that followed, Asians became a part of Uganda's mercantile elite, contributing significantly to the country's economy. Eventually, though, the financial disparity between blacks and Indians grew into racially motivated acrimony on both sides. Paul Theroux wrote of his experiences in the region: "In East Africa, nearly everyone hates the Asians."
Based on accounts from my family, this certainly appeared to be the case. Class and racial divides were an everyday part of Ugandan life after the Indians arrived. But it also appears that Indians exploited their newly acquired riches and status: black domestics were sometimes required to kneel before their Asian masters; many were paid low wages, and often forced to work long hours.
When my parents were expelled, they abandoned heirlooms, pictures, houses and cars, and left with little more than the clothes on their backs. My mom moved to England before settling in Canada, where she married my dad.
Growing up, I knew I wanted to visit Uganda because I thought it might help me better understand my parents and, more profoundly, myself. I valued my mixed heritage but had no sense of where I came from. My parents were from Africa, but I wasn't black; I was Indian but had no family in India and had never been there; I was Muslim but belonged to a fairly progressive sect that was different from most of the others.
Yet thousands of people with my exact lineage and background all lived in Uganda just three decades ago, and that's what I wanted to reconnect with.
I also wanted to investigate the racial dynamics in Uganda since the expulsion and discover which side -- if any -- I'd end up "siding" with: the Asians or the blacks ... or both.
In summer 2005 -- at the same time Forest Whitaker was filming The Last King of Scotland, about Idi Amin's rule -- I visited Uganda to report this story.
I looked up distant relatives and learned that a couple of thousand Asians have reclaimed their properties, if not moved back to live in them. Some properties were redistributed to black Ugandans because the original Asian owners didn't want to evict black families. Other Asians had no desire or money to return to Uganda. Of those originally expelled, only around 500 have come back, and they bring with them a renewed sensitivity and respect for native Ugandans.
But there's also a new wave of Asians in Uganda. Some 15,000 or more immigrants from India have arrived, looking to Uganda as a place to make money before moving on to the West. Many black Ugandans told me that the behavior and attitudes of these new immigrants are reviving some of the old racial animosities that once ran so deep.
-- Omar Sachedina
About FRONTLINE/World Fellows
This Uganda story from Columbia University Fellow, Omar Sachedina, marks the 20th production of the FRONTLINE/World Fellows program, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It is part of our ongoing effort to identify and mentor the next generation of video, print and online journalists.
The program, started in 2003, has showcased the work of talented young journalists, who have traveled across the world to report their stories. You can see them all here.
As part of the latest Fellows projects, made possible through our partnership with the U.C. Berkeley, Columbia and Northwestern Graduate Schools of Journalism, we will be bringing you stories from China, Russia, Liberia, and Morocco in the coming weeks.
Andrew N - Los Angeles, CA
Excellent presentation; The Idi Amin era was the worst time for every Ugandan, Asian or African (black). I also wish the story and plight of the over 200,000 exiled black Ugandans who scatered all over the world would also be told.
Charles Odiase - Los Angeles, California
As a West African that grew up in Nigeria, I recall having several Indians in in my school as teachers and students. I do not recall any type of discrimination from the Indians. If anything, it was the other way around. We were as rich as they were, and it was our country. That was made very clear to us by our parents.
Yahya Khan - New York, NY
This story was highly biased against Indians in favor of Africans, quite astonishing considering that Omar's own family was booted out of Uganda. What the black people failed to understand is that wherever Indians migrate to (UK, US, Canada, Singapore, Africa), they stick to themselves for support and unity and do not readily mix with others. The Africans misinterpreted this as our "arrogance" and "racism." Then they become jealous when our hard work lead to economic success.
Let's hope that we Asians will change our "racial" old ways and treat a human as we would like to be treated. Inside we are all the same.
Ugandan Musicians Ugandan Music - Kampala, Nateete
Man, some Ugandans don't love Asians.But Ugandan musicians love Asians in Uganda. So download ugandan music at www.ugandanmusicians.com
I am an Indian born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria and have also lived briefly in Tanzania. The history of Indians in West Africa is a very recent one and Indians there can be termed as residents whereas those in East Africa are mostly settlers.My father came to Nigeria in 1954. Indians born and bred in Nigeria (like myself) tend to understand Africans better. We relate better with Nigerians, respect them, socialise with them and eat Nigerian food. Nigeria is our home and in return we get abundant love and respect. However, new arrivals from India are very rough with Nigerians and have a very arrogant and racist attitude. Nigerians are a very proud and assertive people and know how to put the newcomers in their place. Nigerians do not mince their words and are very expressive. In Nigeria, Indians also play a key role in the economy, however Nigerians too play an equal role. Note that Indians do not get involved in local politics.In Tanzania, I was shocked to see Indians who have been there for generations mistreating Africans and abusing them especially in smaller towns. The Africans hate the Indians but Tanzanians are more docile and diplomatic. However, I suspect that the younger generation of Africans will grow up to be more assertive in Tanzania and if in future the opposition parties (though the pro Asian ruling CCM party is strong at the moment) come to power, the monopoly and arrogance of Indians will wane. Indians dominate the Tanzania economy from A to Z and have a misguided sense of arrogance. We Indians (wherever we are born) should always remember that we are only a shade lighter than Africans and there are races that are far fairer than us (Europeans). Why this arrogance? Are we not all human? Why can we not respect others, most especially if we are born or settled in others lands? Would we tolerate Europeans treating us in this manner in India? Time to ponder. Is it not then a surprise that Europeans, despite colonialism and the slave trade, are always welcomed and respected more than Indians. Africans are a warm hearted and genuine race. It is time we woke up and smelled the coffee, else more Idi Amins will spring up in Africa!!
Omar, excellent work! It's so sad to know that history may repeat itself because no one is willing or able to educate the newly immigrated Indians in Uganda...I am so proud that YOU have taken the initiative to present that information, so people can educate themselves and others around them - hopefully we can avoid another expulsion. Those of us born to expatriated Indian-Ugandans know first-hand what it was like for our parents to pick up the pieces after the horrors of Idi Amin's regime.
Very interesting story. Shame that the caste system and the exploitation of workers is exported, hopefully with time it can be changed, unfortunately it will take a lot of time, and effort, to root out the old ways. And yes, when people are in survival modus -- I guess the #1 priority is themselves and their family, at the expense of everyone else.
Omar, I was one of the refugees who came to Canada in 1972. You have managed to capture the essence of the dilemma in Uganda - both the joys and sorrows - in a short, precise presentation. Well done!
little late in reading. Excellently written. Please, please, please think of making a movie out of it.
Firstly I would like to thank Omar for sharing this. I would also like to say that I have several friends of Indian origin whose families most recently came from Uganda who came here to the UK as it is a multicultural society where prejudice is not tolerated people are well behaved. And my friends are aware of the behaviour of the majority of Indians to Ugandans.However, speaking to my elders who are not racist and some who are married to Indians. Let us not forget the other reasons for the very much needed expulsion of Indians in 1972. Lets not forget that often girls were kidnapped raped and murdered, even my cousins know that when offered sweets as children often it was a stone! My own mother even recalls as a child hearing Indian children scolded for playing with her. While this was not the behaviour of all it was definitely widespread enough for people to be forced to generalize the group with such negativity. Indophobia in Uganda was not a result of politics but of the the behaviour of Indians in Uganda.It is clear that Indians brought with them to Africa, their dicriminative and exploitative caste system, this was sure to result in a clash as east African culture of all tribes is one of respecting everyone. The caste system is still prevalent today in India, this can be observed by watching or reading Indian news where infinite atrocities are committed against lower caste people who are also mostly of darker skin tone.Racism in India is best seen through the Indian entertainment although music and dance is always copied from people of African origin USA or otherwise, they cannot make reference to Africans in a respectful manner. Add to this the treatment of Africans at the time they were brought to Uganda under colonial rule maybe Indians should be thankful for the expulsion as it was definitely an educative lesson to Indians worldwide that people will not accept their caste systems and self professed rule over others in their own lands.I have to say that Indians in Uganda today do behave better, however as I do understand some Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. I must say that I still here derogatory words used about us in our own land today.
Ellis Munduah - kampala, kampala
hey Omar, it's been long since i last took a look at this page it always good to check in again.Way back at my place of work people still talk about what happened back in the day. and i just relate that to your story. i still recommend you for the great job did. Keep going.
It is good that you shared the story with everyone. Thanks alot.
Amin was a bad man. I was born after he was already thrown out power but as a political education student ni Uganda, we have learned a lot about this fascist.
Yahya Khan, Africans have been working hard since the beginning of time. We were the first on earth. If your people have been working so hard why do you continue to immigrate to Africa and other places? Could it it be that you are escaping the harsh life for most in your country as a result of the varnas that you are born into?
Omar, I applaud you for your work on Uganda. Vancouver, BC, you need to familiarize yourself with the history of Indians in Uganda and other places with a majority African population around the globe before accusing Ugandans of stealing from Indians.
Read Professor Mamdani's interview with Omar to find out whether it's the African or the Indian doing the stealing.
In regards to Nelson Mandela, the only lesson that Africans can learn from him is not to make his mistake of only gaining political freedom. The majority of the land and money are still in the hands of Europeans. The fact is that Indians have lived better in Uganda than in India. They should have been grateful rather than treating the Ugandans the same way and in some cases worse than the Europeans treated them in India, the United States and in Europe.
I have yet to view the documentary (too much traffic), but am somewhat familiar with the subject. Living in the Caribbean, I must say that from my experience, the Indians generally behave in the same manner as they reportedly did in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa. Maybe a documentary needs to be done on Indian culture as a whole to get to the root of their enthnocentrism. I am not absolving the Africans from their "racism", but in many instances they are in the reactionary mode. They are responding to the actions of the Indians.
Just my two cents.
Deo - Dallas, TX
I think it is not simply an "Indians distinguishing themselves from Africans" issue. Some Indians/South Asians do have a bias against Africans or people or African origin; I know this from talking to fellow Indians. I also know for example, that a small minority of Indians in the US are prejudiced against Barack Obama because of his race. But I don't think that's all there is to it. Many Indians have a bias against whites too; they believe Indian culture and values are superior to both. So it is an ethnocentric thing too, which you can expect from people in most parts of the world (like the Japanese for instance).
would like to see the video
I would recommend that the emigres and their descendents who want to move back to Africa but don't yet trust the governments of their home countries should move to South Africa. I for one have always respected the Asians who call Africa home. On a separate note, the parallels between the Asian Ugandans and White Zimbabweans are startling.
NEW DELHI, NEW DELHI, INDIA
I am overwhelmed to know that Indians are doing so well, in Tanzania. I was earlier apprehensive of life in Tanzania, but I am happy to know from the information posted on this site that Indians are doing so well.
I think African governments should implement some anti-discrimination laws that result in imprisonment of racist immigrants!
Well done on the doc. It's great that you showed what Uganda actually looks like for those of us who have yet to visit.There are a few issues with the doc though. It's unfortunate that the sources you used had such a strong bias. The Preacher who was half-Indian was so obviously negative toward we, Indians, because of his own background. It's a shame that you picked someone with such a personal issue that seems to be resentful even all these years later. Perhaps, next time you'll find someone who isn't so anti-Indian for personal reasons.On the bright side, your story was insightful and demonstrated what a lot of families have gone through because of their race.It's a shame that humans have yet to learn the meaning of humanity.
My time was well spent reading this story. I had no knowledge up until today when your mum brought it to my attention. What a wonderful job Omar.
Hyderabad, AP - India
I want to establish contacts with my child hood friends in Uganda - I was one of the expelled Asians from Uganda - I studied at Kampala Grammer Sr. Sec. School, Kampala, Uganda and stayed at the Lohiana Hostel on Bombo Road, kampala - My friends MTD (Mukesh Datani),BBT(Bharat Thakur) to name a few or any body who stayed with me or studied at Kampala Grammer Sr. Sec. School in 1972 contact me at my above email - I am 51 years now - Regards - Baldev Singh.
Sorry Omar, Please stop referring to Ugandans, as "The Black". I prefer "Native" or the Baganda, Banyankole, Acholi, a lot us rather want to be called. Not that we are not proud of being black, but the context of the reference tends to imply that being black is just the only thing we are, and nothing else.For those who thought the expulsion of the Indians was summarily done. Think again. There was apartheid in Uganda - Segregated schools in the name of Agakhan schools etc. Tell me, if the Indians were there to integrate, how many in their long period of existence in Uganda intermarried with the native communities or let their daughters and sons marry a native? If there is any, I need to know, leave along the a few cases of one night stands by a native or in likely cases an African domestic workers raped by her boss.Your story, though truthful in a lot of ways, is yet another African story told by a non-African. Very sad isn't it.
Once again I had to revisit this site. You have done an excellent work on this.
Does anyone know how i can search for my brother who left in '72. Only have a name.
harreson cebiliak - toronto, ontario
I happened to catch your documentary short the other day and was impressed by what I learned from it. It brought back memories of stories my Grandparents would recall about their hardships in their Eastern European homelands back at the early part of the 20th century. Foreign rulers, over-population, subdivision of land holdings, heavy taxation, and unfavorable political conditions created a mass exodus to both North and South America. It may have not been the horrible government sanctioned expulsion as in Uganda in the 70's, but bitter prejudices and stereotypes, much like you talk about in your film were carried over and subtly still persist in pockets of these 2nd and third generation communities. And when I hear of experiences of those who visit or move back to the old country, similar discriminations have occasionally been known to reveal themselves.I mentioned your film at a local coffee klatch of friends one morning and it evoked a myriad of stories and anecdotes of their own family's immigration experiences as well as a witness to these `new' generations of immigrants who may be bringing their somewhat problematic behavior and attitudes here to Canada. This brings me to question if a new form of exploitation has begun to prevail here especially within an unchecked underground economy? This is not just a South Asian phenomenon, but appears to involve a variety of cultures from around the planet.Your film certainly has the potential to be expanded upon to explore various tangents of this human condition. Perhaps introducing comparable cultures, situations, and historical time-lines would help provide new insights of why we, as co-habitants of this planet still continue to repeat history in one form or another. It's good to see there are people such as yourself and those who you interview in the film who are decidedly making an effort to forge new relationships and heal the past. Without doubt, they need to be recognized, commended and supported if not materially, then at least, spiritually.Your project, Omar, has provided me with a newfound awareness of the historical and prejudicial wounds we carry. It has allowed me to contemplate on how we can begin to improve our perceptions and behaviors and contribute to the well being of humanity. Thank you for sharing.
Kabirdin Walji - London, United Kingdom
The people who emigrated from India to come to East Africa in the last part of the nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century were not the best people. In fact, the best do not emigrate from their own countries. Historically, apart from when it is driven by political persecution, immigration is driven by economic factors and the aspirations of the migrants. The immigrants from the sub-continent were generally working class and lower middle classes. They were motivated by economic betterment of themselves, and were not possessed of sociological and philosophical gifts to be found in the intellectually upper class. In addition, they were part of a world society created by the colonial powers which was unequal and regarded discrimination on various grounds, now considered spurious, as a legitimate method of social organisation. Somehow this lowly, survival-motivated group of East African Indians were supposed to lead a revolution of social equality, and when they failed to do so were judged to be guilty of misdemeanours and culpable to a degree that justified their mistreatment and misappropriation of their wealth !There is some intellectual tradition rising in the educated and intellectual East African Indians that falsely asserts, no doubt for reasons of political correctness, that the Indians expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin were the architects of their own collective unfortunate fate. These people use the benefit of hindsight and the current social mores as proper yardsticks to judge the world as it was 40 years ago. They are, in my view, totally wrong and apologists for a kind of guilt their parents and grandparents did not and ought not to carry.What was needed for there to be greater assimilation and integration between Africans and Indians was time. As a new generation of Indians grew up in an independent Uganda, where the source of power was Africans, they would have themselves adjusted to the prevailing reality and exhorted the other less progressive members of their community to follow suit. In the way that time generally works, within two or three generations the gulf of separateness that existed between the Indians and the Africans would have vanished or substantially narrowed. This has happened, for example, between the Indians and the African communities in the Caribbean countries. What also helps is the attainment of authentic cultural and other achievements by Africans so that there are role models to look up to and be considered worthy of respect. Equality, harmony and assimilation between races would then flow as a matter of course. Indians come from the heritage of a civilization which is more than 5,000 years old, and generally older than even the western civilization. In those circumstances, assimilation and easy transmigration between races and cultures of unequal developments is not possible. This is a truthful comment on the existing nature of the human society, and not just a feeling of arrogance based on a perceived superiority of any one race over the other...The world has changed very substantially in the last twenty five years and the global value system has changed completely. Although there are more conflicts all over the world, the world view of what are acceptable values is settling down in the newly-defined set of criteria. It is not possible that this wind of change, blowing across the international frontiers, would not have touched the African/Indian relationship in Uganda. However, the generation of our parents and grandparents could not have achieved that world... Surprisingly, a world full of conflict is very easy to achieve ; a peaceful world of co-operation and compromise is much more difficult to set up. Hence Idi Amin, by one fell swoop of brutal force, was able to expel Indians en masse from Uganda in 90 days. It has however taken Mandela much longer to effect a successful transition in what was an even more despairing situation in South Africa.It is difficult to foresee what the future of Indians in Uganda holds. It is however important to remember that tempestuous actions and intemperate history has never helped any country to achieve any meaningful development for its people. Progress has always depended on compromise and moderation, and Uganda should take heed of that historical fact, for if Uganda cannot learn from its own history, it will not learn from anyone else's.
Good job, Omar. Be it Uganda ( from where Indians were thrown out) or Tanzania (where Indians and other non-black's properties were nationalized and thus they had to leave), the black people's attitude in these counties will take many years to change to accept both government's mistake. They ruined these beautiful countries with these moves. The Indians who were there, before these moves, were two or three generations old. They felt more African then Indian. These Indians' parents and grand parents were brought there by British. They built the infrastructure and the economies of these countries; they bought land from the British and also from the government of these Independent countries; they made money; so wha's wrong with that?The Indians who were thrown out or their properties and business nationalised, DID NOT receive any compensations from Uganda or Tanzania. IN SPITE OF THAT THESE INDIANS WHO HAVE SETTLED ELSEWHERE (USA, Canada, UK or other third world countries) have become very successful and in fact are improving the economies of their New countries...People make money by working hard and not by "stealing" from Indians who worked their life time to get where they were.Unfortunatley, the same type of thing is happening in Zimbawbe. Africa should learn from Mr Mandela and South Africa; keep your people (irregardless of color and background) at home and build the country rather them throw them out or take their life savings.
Generalisations based on some observations do not help. There were attitudes and behaviours which were not 100% correct but that can apply to all racial groups. Mostly, personal endeavour to do better is the key for all, including various indigenous people. Immigrants mostly are the type of individuals who want to succeed. Many Black Ugandans are more successful than local South Africans in South Africa. SO?
Omar we are wondering if your documentary will turn into the film. All of us that have come from Uganda would love to see this documentary in film form. We sincerely hope that you consider this and help us out.
Many thanks for your hard and dedicated work in producing this documentary.
I could relate to this story because I was also in Uganda but the difference is I am Arab. The part about blacks being humiliated is true. When I was little I could watch how the Indians badly treated the blacks and the funny part is that even the elite Arabs started acting the same way. But thank God they had an Islamic foundation that made some like my mom's family kinder to the blacks . I just wanted to share this. One thing I remember is: "Don't let the servants eat until they finish work because if they eat they will feel lazy and won't work." Still, as a kid, I felt bad about this.
Hey Buddy!that was soooooooo AWESOME,GREAT,AMAZING.keep it up.
Your response to the above comment (Accra, Ghana) made a lot of sense.
I sincerely hope that people can be more open-minded dealing with such type of issues rather than forming their own opinion.As for you Omar, I think you have done such a wonderful job in presenting this issue - without putting anyone down. I WISH THERE ARE MORE INTELLIGENT AND OPEN-MINDED PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELVES WHO CAN POTENTIALLY MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.Thanks once again and please continue to share your knowledge with us.
That's really great work on a sensitive issue. I like to think that I'm not racist but whenever I consider this issue, or similar circumstances in Kenya and Tanzania, I find myself driven to the same conclusion. It's a good thing that the Asians were expelled, and the ones there now should be expelled as well. There's a power relationship here determined by the British. The Indian immigrants were treated better and had more opportunities from the start, and this relationship was sustained over the years after independence and it's one that evolved in peoples hearts and minds. Until the native people of Uganda can overcome that legacy, barring non-blacks in Uganda from owning property is not unreasonable. It's no more unreasonable than similar laws in Japan, China, Korea, and yes you guessed it, India, that favor local ownership of property to foster entrepreneurship. Let's face it, the last thing a developing country needs is entrepreneurs, property owners, etc. who have no real stake in the future of the country they're operating in. That's the same as colonialism! The same force that drove colonial powers to build railroads directly from the resource to the coast! And these people are being exploited all over again!
FRONTLINE/World's editors respond:
You are right to note that relations between Asians and Blacks are acrimonious elsewhere in East Africa as well. But what is interesting is that Uganda was the only country to force Asians out en masse, many of whom had called the country home for nearly a century. Kenya and Tanzania -- each with sizeable Asian populations -- have experienced similar tensions, but neither government has legally
sanctioned an exodus. I do not condone expulsions as legitimate means to improve race relations. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate how Blacks and Asians perceive(d) one another in the hopes of improving mutual understanding and respect.
If this documentary every turns into a television. Where and how do we find out.
Steve Cisler - San Jose, CA
Very nicely done. I was in Uganda for several weeks in 2003 and detected an ongoing resentment against Indians. When I was waiting to leave the country I met two gents who had been expelled and it was their first time back since 72. They told me their tale of the horrors at departure time and said they only came back to visit a sister now living in Kampala. Clearly they were anxious to get on the plane to London.
Hardeep H - New York, New York
I found this story to be excellent. I never knew there were so many Indians who once lived there. I don't know why Indians can go to another country and treat the natives as though they are beneath them. I'm from a mixed background and even in my family the Indians have problems with my mixture. Ask them how good they had it back in India, with there dark skin! No..! But yet they want to harbor the same type of stereotype that was used against them on someone else. Makes no sense!!
Wonderful story Omar. In a short span you captured the past history of a country that changed the lives of so many. You brought us to the present to see how the wounds are healing. Finally you glimpse into the future of what this place holds if we continue our actions without being aware of the past. There are many issues on the table here : injustice, inequality, cultures and nationalities crossings,...Great work and I hope something you can continue to follow.
I must have read this documentary 5 or 6 times. It is presented so well. Lots of "meat" in this documentary. It literally took me back to my birth place. Thank you for such a fantastic piece of documentary. The first one I know of its kind.
Mumtaz Kassam Damani - Toronto, Ontario - Canada
I must say it brought back memories. It is a very powerful story. Hopefully, your article would be an eye-opener to the Indians in Uganda. Keep up the good work.By the way, your mum and I are from the same home town and same school. Keep up the good work.
This documentary brought tears to my eyes. You have captured the memories so well for us Ugandans. An amazing piece of work.
I learnt so much from this documentary. You did such an amazing job and portrayed both sides equally. Good job. Pat yourself on the back for a documentary well done!
What a powerful story.
My siblings and I are products of the Asians expelled from Uganda. What a fantastic documentary. I hope that one day it turns into a movie. We can relate to this. This is the first one I have seen. My parents loved it too.
Selfish, arrogant, greedy, corrupt, are just some of the behaviours that a common man thinks of when you mention an Indian back in Africa -- be it in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, you mention it. They have a right to misuse your sister anyway they like but you dare do something similar to their sisters, you will be dead. But I agree that Amin was a Dictator and a soldier and he overreacted... I am a Ugandan living in the UK, I love UK much like I love Uganda itself. I respect the British people especially because I live in their country. Should Indians do the same they will be very welcome in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa.Welcome to the Great Lakes.
salma sachedina - vancouver, british columbia
Excellent story, Omar. I can relate to it so well. What a good job you have done. Congratulations.
salma sachedina - vancouver, bc
Excellent job, Omar.
Coming from Aftrica myself, I found this story extremely interesting.
I am shocked that the new Indian immigrants have not learned the lessons from their Indian-Ugandan predecessors. Unfortunately this type of exploitation may cause the Indians to be once again expelled from Uganda. Many of these same Indians left their own country due to economic exploitation, tribal discrimination and classism. Unfortunately, history seems to repeat itself over and over again with new players.
Hey Omar...I am one of you (your generation) Amazing info. Brought back memories...keep up the good work!
This is the best story. Very interesting .
coach mcd - bf, ca
As a child , I remember some of the stories coming out of africa! What stood out the most was how the immigrant upper class looked down upon the natives of any class! HOW their sons were good enough for our daughters but our sons not good enough for their daughters. I was 8 yrs old and nothing has changed to this day and this is now evident in this country...
While exploring your heritage, you have opened the eyes of many people to what life was and is like in Uganda. Really nice work Omar. Very well done.
Hey, Omar: Thanks for sharing. This is excellent. Great work.
What a powerful, amazing story. So interesting to see the connection between race and class and colonialism in Africa. A job well done.