From Kampala to Leicester

The Story of Leicester’s Ugandan Asian Community

In August 1972 the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin gave ninety days’ notice for the Asian community to leave the country. The Asian community was well established and had to leave behind their businesses, homes, relations and friends.

Some of the Asian community had Ugandan citizenship and some had British citizenship. It was a struggle to obtain the correct visas and airplane tickets and people faced constant harassment from Ugandan soldiers and officials.

This map of East Africa shows Uganda in orange

This map of East Africa shows Uganda in orange

Nearly 30,000 of those expelled arrived in the United Kingdom, where some faced a period of living in resettlement camps. About 10,000 came to Leicester at various times in the following months and years.

This is the story of the journey from Uganda to Leicester and the major impact the Ugandan Asian community has made on this ever-changing city, told through objects and personal stories.

Over the years many other communities have arrived in Leicester from all over the world. Many of these communities have shared experiences such as finding work in a foreign country or learning a new language but each individual has their own unique story to tell.