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Idi Amin Dada and the Genocide in Uganda
Transcript of Idi Amin Dada and the Genocide in Uganda
During his 8 year reign of terror, Amin eliminated anyone who opposed him through the use of the Public Safety Unit. Two groups of people were primarily targeted. These groups were the Acholi and the Lango, primarily the ones who were in the armed forces. Before Amin's rule, the Acholi and Lango were treated like normal every day people. Nobody in paticular had a problem with them. These groups of people came from northern Uganda, just like Idi Amin, except Amin was of the Kakwa people. I belive Amin persecuted them because of the genocidal reason of Racism. While the were from the same area as Amin's Kakwa people, Amin believed that he was ultimately superior to them in every way, which led to the attempted extermination of these people.
Rise to Power
In 1965, a close friend of Amin by the name of Milton Obote, who was the Prime Minister of Uganda, instituted a new constitution that allowed Obote to become the undisputed leader or Uganda, ousting King Mutesa. Eventually, a rift grew between the two and in 1971 while Obote was gone to a commonwealth summit meeting in Singapore, Amin staged a military coup and took complete control of Uganda.
Idi Amin: The Butcher of Africa
Idi Amin was the President of Uganda from 1971-1979.
As a young man he quickly rose through the ranks of the KAR, a British African military unit.
Was a gifted athlete who loved boxing. Amin owned the title of Light Heavyweight Champion of Uganda from 1951-1960.
Claims he fought in World War II.
What did the rest of the world do about it?
Amin took advantage of the fact that during the time, the Vietnam War was taking place. Due to this, the rest of the world was focused on that, giving Amin the freedom to commit this atrocity with little or no resistance at all from other countries. The British were especially relaxed about it, considering they were the ones who helped Amin stage the military coup in the first place, as they did not like Milton Obote and his ideals.
The Killings and Death Toll
From 1971-1979, it is estimated that anywhere from 100,000 - 500,000 people were killed by Amin's rule. The majority of the killings took place at the State Research Bureau. When Tanzanian soldiers found the bodies, they were missing appendages, ears, eyes, etc. He horribly mutilated these people before killing them. The main source of power in Uganda was from the rivers, so cities in Uganda would have rolling blackouts because the amount of dead bodies in the river clogging it up.
Amin was ousted in 1979, by that time he lost most of his supporters and was at war with the Tanzanians. When he knew he was going to lose the war, Amin fled to Saudi Arabia, where he lived comfortably until his death of natural causes in 2003. Idi Amin was an evil sociopath, and never paid the price for his actions.
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