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Exodus: The Ugandan Asian Crisis of 1972

2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the announcement in 1972 by then President Idi Amin of the expulsion of the Asians from Uganda. To mark the event, the Trustees of Arundells, Edward Heath's home in Salisbury, arranged an exhibition and panel discussion to mark the event. The expulsion happened while Edward Heath was Prime Minister of the U.K.

The panel discussion and reception were held on 1 September 2022 to discuss aspects of the expulsion of the community, their arrival in the U.K. and their role in British society today. The discussion was chaired by Praveen Moman, Founder, Volcanoes Safaris, who was born in Uganda. The distinguished panel consisted of: Lord David Hunt, who played a vital part in facing down opposition to the policy in the Conservative Party; Nimisha Madhvani whose family were expelled in 1972 and is now Uganda’s High Commissioner in London; journalist and campaigner Yasmin Alibhai-Brown; former leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia; and author and novelist Giles Foden.

Further photos and commentary from the evening are on the Arundells website and a recording of the panel discussion here.

The booklet Exodus: The Uganda Asians Crisis of 1972 sponsored by Volcanoes Safaris is available here.


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