During his eight-year reign of terror, Idi Amin killed more than 400,000 Ugandans, including members of his own Cabinet. But it was the expulsion of some 70,000 Asians, more than half of whom held British passports, in 1972, that gained the world’s attention, and led to international condemnation of the Ugandan leader. Similarly, it was the recent lynching of an Asian trader, Deval Rawal, that made headlines around the world, not the fact he was one of three casualties (the other two were Ugandan Africans, who were shot dead by police) of an environmental protest gone wrong.

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