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Ugandas Asians 40 Years On
Ashok Dattani spent his teenage years in an old British Army camp in rural Somerset, thousands of miles away from Idi Amins Uganda where he was born. Dattani is among 60,000 Asians forceably deported under Amins orders 40 years ago - because they were seen as worthless bloodsuckers draining the economic life out of Uganda. In Curry on Camping - Ugandas Asians 40 Years On, we hear the emotional and often heartbreaking stories of refugees who made it to Britain to escape rape, torture and murder by Amins solders - to face a new life in Britain, where opportunity and racism came hand in hand. In 1972, Idi Amins dream was to see his country returned to its native people. He declared the entire Ugandan Asian population a threat to the countrys future prosperity and ordered they be expelled - 60,000 lost their homes and jobs, many others were tortured or killed. Some 30,000 came to Britain. Among them was Ashok Dattani who came with his younger sister and brother and their mother and father; they were held in quarantine at the disused Houndstone Camp, in Yeovil, Somerset. A thousand men, women and children were kept at Houndstone, in barracks that once housed soldiers. Ashok was separated from his older brother who stayed in Uganda where he was tortured by soldiers of Amins Army. His brother survived and now lives in Boston, USA, while Ashok works as a business accountant for a London-based charity, having successfully integrated himself into British life. Though most Ugandan Asians found Britain to be welcoming, others did not: Pankaj Raithatha, stepped off the plane from Kampala, to stay with relatives in Leicester. Here, Pankaj suffered from racial abuse and had everything from faeces being posted through his door to being physically assaulted by local white youths, or self-styled Paki Bashers. He says many Ugandan Asians still 'hide behind a successful and proud face' when the reality was very different.
Further Information: Ray Tostevin, Creative Director GRACE Productions Suite 12,Yeovil Innovation Centre Copse Road, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8RN t: 01935 385904 m: 0777 171 0339 e: twitter @graceproduction

1 x 30 mins

GRACE Productions 2011