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Genocide in Uganda (1971-1979)?
I have a project due in 2 days about the genocide in Uganda. I want to know the basics about it.
Who started it and who it was between, what was the war about and why it started as well as how it started. If you guys could also tell me if the united nation intervened why if they did or why not if they didn't that would be helpful. Also, was anyone tried and convicted of this crime?
- city-girlLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
In Uganda, the wars among the tribes had already been going on for centuries. But the genocide (bloodbaths) took place after the 'Black Madonna' was placed in the capital city.
Idi Amin who was the dictator at the time wanted to purify the race of the people who were living there, killing off as many Christians as he could other than Catholics. Anyone who was from a different tribe as his or who had immigrated into Uganda (from Tanzania or from India) were rounded up and killed. The reason why so many people from India were there had to do with the commerce of 20 years earlier and also from colonial times when 'indentured slaves' came from India. (meaning they could work off their slavery after so many years.)
I recall the years very well, and no, the UN did not intervene which is how so many people were brutally killed. (about half a million) In those days, the UN did not have as much power and few countries had the resources to combat him. But the biggest problem (hard to believe) was the fact that he was so well-respected (especially in the UK) that no one dared to oppose him.
Amin's rule was characterised by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000.
Notable backers of Amin included Muammar al-Gaddafi's Libya, the Soviet Union and East Germany, with early support for his regime coming from the United Kingdom, Israel, and Apartheid-era South Africa.
In 1975–1976, Amin became the Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, a pan-Africanist group designed to promote solidarity of the African states. During the 1977–1979 period, Uganda was appointed to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. From 1977 to 1979, Amin titled himself as "His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor[B] Idi Amin Dada, VC,[C] DSO, MC, Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular".
Dissent within Uganda and Amin's attempt to annex the Kagera province of Tanzania in 1978 led to the Uganda–Tanzania War and the demise of his regime. Amin fled first to Libya, then to Saudi Arabia, where he died in 2003.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi_Amin
- Anonymous1 decade ago
well if you go to google and type this in it will give you the answer.:)