- Radio Times
- Review by:
- David Crawford
In the summer of 1972 Idi Amin announced that all Asians who didn’t hold a Ugandan passport would be expelled from the country. Here five of those Asians — leader of Wandsworth council Ravi Govindia, writer and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, businessman Manzoor Moghal, dentist Chandrika Joshi and health worker Tahera Aanchawan — convene to talk of their experiences.
There is a deep yearning for a paradise lost, a sense of alienation in a country that was less than welcoming (placards at the airport saying “go home”)
and a pride in how they have prospered. But they don’t agree about everything and there are cross words, when Alibhai-Brown accuses Moghal of being deeply immoral in offering an exoneration of Idi Amin’s actions.
About this programme
Sue MacGregor reunites a group of five Asians who were forced to flee Uganda by Idi Amin in 1972, including businessman Manzoor Moghal, trainee physiotherapist Tahera Aanchawan, councillor Ravi Govindia, dentist Chankrika Ravi and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. The president ordered Britain to take responsibility for those settled in the country under British colonial rule, which caused controversy and changed the face of urban Britain.
Cast and crew
- Sue MacGregor
- Sarah Cuddon