oa Africa Insight - State Research Centre - Amin's chamber of horrors

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The excesses of the deposed tyrant Field-Marshal Idi Amin Dada of Uganda have become a dreadful part of modern African history. The incredible suffering he imposed on almost 12 million people over eight years is incalculable. No one can analyse fully the depths of misery and despair for which he was responsible. It is estimated that one person in 60 was murdered for no other reason than he or she belonged to the 'wrong' tribe or committed a 'crime' which would barely have raised an eyebrow elsewhere. Much of this drama resulted from ethnic differences. Former President Milton Obate was from Lango, therefore all Langis became the immediate target of Amin's psychopathic wrath. He went on to purge the Acholi and Langi tribes of virtually every physically active male caught in the web of his security network.

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