The Early Years And Rule Of Idi Amin

Idi Amin was the third President of Uganda, maintaining power from 1971 to 1979. As a young man, Amin was a member of the British colonial regiment, the King’s African Rifles. Following decolonization, Amin worked his way up to the rank of major general in the Ugandan Army and became the Army’s commander, leading a military coup in January of 1971. During his years in power, Amin committed egregious human rights violations, with anywhere from 100,000 to 500,000 being killed under his regime. He was also responsible for political repression, corruption, and economic mismanagement. In this video, a member of the British colonial regiment and a Ugandan historian recall Amin both before and after he came into power.

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