Ninety Days: Escape from Uganda

Ninety Days: Escape from Uganda

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Author: Rashmi Paun
Publisher: Moonlight Books
No. of pages: 396
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Language: English
ISBN: 9788193631393
Published on: 2018
Book Format: Paperback

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Ninety Days is a story about what life was like for Asians in Uganda before the President ordered them all to leave, and what happened afterwards as law and order broke down and people considered themselves lucky to escape unharmed. In August 1972 President Idi Amin announced that God had come to him in a dream and told him to order citizens of Asian origin out of the country. He declared: If they are not out in Ninety days, they will soon see what happens to them !. The story centres on the Hindu Mitani family whose biggest problems before the announcement are their elder sons choice of a Muslim wife, a sisters unhappy marriage and whether or not the community should spent its money on yet another religious shrine. But as the deadline approaches and there are beatings and imprisonments they, like their friends and neighbours, become increasingly desperate to find refuge in whichever country will take them, though they must flee more or less penniless and leave all their possessions behind. Within ninety days, 70, 000 members of what had been a close community many of whom were born in Uganda, were scattered across the world, mostly in the UK, Canada, India and the US, but some others across Europe and as far afield as Australia and New Zealand. Rashmi grew up in Jinja, Uganda. In 1972 when Amin made his announcement, Rashmi was already in London, studying for a doctorate in Physics, but his parents, family and friends were forced to flee from Amins terror.

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