On August 7, 1972, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin demanded that Ugandans with Asian ancestry (about 60,000 people) leave the country within 90 days. The Asian presence was a legacy of colonialism, as most Asian Ugandans were the children and grandchildren of Indians brought to Uganda by British leaders when the nation was a colony.The expulsion of Asian Ugandans is an example of ethnic cleansing. Ethnic cleansing is the forced migration of a group of people by leaders and residents in order to pursue a more unified or homogeneous population.Asian Ugandans were a vital part of the Ugandan middle class. They owned businesses, farms, and manufacturing centers. More than 5,000 homes and businesses were taken from Asian Ugandans when they were forced to leave. The country was drained of human, financial, and manufacturing resources.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ancestry Noun
family (genealogical) or historical background.
type of government where a geographic area is ruled by a foreign power.
people and land separated by distance or culture from the government that controls them.
person with complete control of a government.
ethnic cleansing Noun
policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas.
process of driving out or getting rid of.
land cultivated for crops, livestock, or both.
forced migration Noun
the movement of people away from their homes due to political conflict, natural disaster or environmental hazard.
uniform, or the same, in structure or composition.
conflict or ill-will.
to move to a new place.
production of goods or products in a factory.
middle class Noun
people and culture characterized by incomes between the working class and the wealthy.
political unit made of people who share a common territory.
Encyclopedic Entry: nation population Noun
total number of people or organisms in a particular area.
community or government policy of denying certain rights to people based on their ancestry, usually signified by skin color.
available supply of materials, goods, or services. Resources can be natural or human.
necessary or very important.