"My mission is to lead the country out of a bad situation of corruption, depression and slavery. After I rid the country of these vices, I will then organize and supervise a general election of a genuinely democratic civilian government."

-Idi Amin, quoted in "Uganda, the Human Rights Situation" by the United States Senate.




 

 (above) Idi Amin, also known as Idi Amin "Dada", was a military dictator and president of the African country of Uganda from 1971 to 1979.

    This photograph of Idi Amin captures the strong, stern side of his nature. Born without a named father in 1925, he was the subject of controversy in his mother's village. He was raised by his mother, a traditional herbalist, and her family in a Roman Catholic household until he decided to convert to Islam and attend an Islamic school. In 1946, he joined the British colonial military regiment, the King's African Rifles, and quickly rose from an entry-level position as a cook to the highest position that could be held by a black African in the British army, a warrant officer. In 1961, he became one of the first two black commissioned officers in the regiment when he was promoted to lieutenant.





(above) In 1971 Amin, greeted by cheering crowds, seized power in the country of Uganda in a military coup and became a military dictator.


 

He seized power in a military coup from the previous ruler of Uganda, Prime Minister Milton Obote. Within a week, he declared himself president of Uganda.
Some of his people loved him as their leader. When he started executing foreign nationals, he distributed their businesses to Ugandans. However, many of the Ugandans didn't know how to run the businesses, and the country soon fell into economic disrepair as shortages of foodstuffs caused widespread poverty and prices of other goods skyrocketed.

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