Idi Amin Dada

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Idi Amin Dada
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Personal life
Date and place of birth May 17, 1928
in Koboko, Uganda
Parents Andreas Nyabire and Assa Aatte
Claimed religion Islam
Date & Place of Death August 16, 2003
Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia
Dictatorial career
Country Uganda
Military service n/a
Highest rank attained n/a
Political beliefs Islamism
Political party
Date of dictatorship January 25, 1971
Wars started First Uganda-Tanzania War
Second Uganda-Tanzania War
Number of deaths attributed 300,000+

General Idi Amin Dada (May 17, 1928 – August 16, 2003) (commonly known as Idi Amin) was the Muslim[1] dictator of Uganda for eight years in the 1970s.


In the tenure of Milton Obote Amin was the captain, the colonel, the general and later the general staff chief. In 1971 he coup in power and overthrew Obote. In 1970 the British government established gun control laws which aided in Idi Amin's ability to hold power to 1979. He executed mass genocides against his people, especially intelectuals, Christians and supporters of Obote, in order to stay in power and suffered from extreme paranoia and arrogance. His efforts and ideology spread to neighboring countries such as Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. In his tenure he attacked Tanzania two times with the help of Muammar al-Gaddafi. Amin was hostile to Israel. He protected the terrorist organizations Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Revolutionary Cells which hijacked a civilian airplane which was flown to Entebbe. When he was threatened by United Nations forces with the possibility of a trial for crimes against humanity, he fled to the Middle East where he was harbored for 25 years without punishment until the end of his natural life. Under his rule, more than 300,000 oppositionals were killed.

Already in 1962 his men were beating people to death. In 1972, after Israel has turned down his request for money and arms to fight Tanzania, he turned to Muammar Qaddafi who promised to give him his desires. Amin then ordered the expulsion of 500 Israelis and 50,000 South Asians with British citizenship. Infamous for brutality, he kept human heads in the refrigerator, ordered 4,000 disabled to be thrown into the Nile to be torn apart by crocodiles and has confessed to cannibalism several times[2] And has praised Hitler for killing Jews.[3].

There have been several movies about Idi Amin, including the 1974 film "General Idi Amin Dada [4] and the Academy Award-winning film "The Last King of Scotland".[5]


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