From refugee to Canadian citizen: a Ugandan tells the story of his 1972 journey to Winnipeg

From refugee to Canadian citizen: a Ugandan tells the story of his 1972 journey to WinnipegWINNIPEG — With the recent influx of asylum seekers in Canada, a former Ugandan refugee recalls his journey of survival to Canada in 1972 after being kicked out of his home by a brutal dictator.

In 1971 Idi Amin overthrew Uganda’s government in a military coup, and in 1972 he ordered the expulsion of anyone who was of Asian descent. Canada then opened its doors to its first major resettlement of non-European refugees after the dictator gave Ugandan Asians 90 days to leave the country.

Bahadurali Sumar and his family were among the nearly 8,000 Asians who were left with no option than to leave Uganda. They left the only home they knew with not a penny to their name, and arrived in a country foreign to them.

More at the source: By Zahra Premji, Reporter Global News: From refugee to Canadian citizen: a Ugandan tells the story of his 1972 journey to Winnipeg – Winnipeg | Globalnews.ca

 

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