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Exodus: The story of London’s Ugandan Asians – Oral History Project

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In 1972, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin ordered the forced expulsion of the nation’s entire Asian community.

Despite having longstanding ties with the region, and playing a pivotal role in Uganda’s economy, the Asian community were given 90 days to leave their homeland. At least 28,000 sought refuge in Britain, after being forced to handover their possessions to prominent Amin supporters. Once settled in their new home, the plight of the Ugandan Asian diaspora continued in a Britain that was experiencing an economic downturn and worsening race relations.
Despite such adversity, the Ugandan Asian community quickly adjusted and soon flourished in their new environment. Displaying entrepreneurial spirit and a determination to rebuild their lives, Ugandan Asians have made a valuable social, economic, political and cultural contribution to modern day Britain.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their arrival Eastside Community Heritage is embarking on an exciting oral history project telling the unique story of London’s Ugandan Asian community. Through a series of reminiscence sessions and interviews, Eastside hopes to preserve the personal testimonies of those that have achieved so much, in the face of such adversity.
Are you Ugandan Asian yourself? Did you arrive in Britain in 1972? Are you a descendant of Ugandan Asian exiles? Or was your life somehow touched by a new arrival in your community? If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of those questions and would like a chance to remember the achievements of this vibrant community. We want to hear from you.

For more information, or to get involved, please contact Lwam on 0208 5534343, or by email

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