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UGANDA IS A landlocked African nation that has been victimized by civil war, tribal conflict, and, according to some observers, ill-conceived leftist philosophies that have crippled its economy and political system. At the beginning of the 1900s, British colonists introduced cultivation of cotton, coffee, and sugar for export. An influx of nonnative peoples began in the 1920s, Asians primarily from Indian subcontinent countries, who established themselves as entrepreneurs, traders, and bankers.

In 1962, Uganda became independent with Milton Obote as head of state. He was deposed in 1971 by Idi Amin, who ordered all Asians with British passports to leave, some 60,000 business leaders. Since they were the backbone of Ugandan commerce, industry, and finance, their expulsion crippled Uganda's economy, particularly when their businesses were handed ...

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