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On This Day… The Coward That Fled

Written by: George Chittenden : 15 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 11th April, back in 1979 when the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin fled the capital, Kampala, as soldiers from the Uganda National Liberation Front got ever closer and closer. After eight long years Idi Amin’s regime of cruelty came to an end, and the dictator fled to Libya. Amin who had joined the British Colonial Army in 1946, as a cook, remained in the armed forces following Uganda’s independence.

In 1965 he became the Commander of the Army in 1965, and then in 1971 he launched a military coup and declared himself President. Idi Amin was incredibly cruel, and his control was kept with near constant human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism and corruption.

The estimated number of deaths as a result of his regime ranges from 100,000 to 500,000 people. After fleeing Uganda and reaching Libya he eventually settled in Saudi Arabia, where he died in August 2003.

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