August 16, 2003 by

Idi Amin

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Categories: Criminals, Military, Politicians

iamin.jpgIdi Amin Dada Oumee, the former Ugandan dictator responsible for the deaths of at least 100,000 people, died on Aug. 16 of kidney failure. He was either 78 or 80.
Amin was born to a peasant father and a self-proclaimed sorceress of the Lugbara tribe. He dropped out of school and joined the Kings African Rifles of the British colonial army. In 1951, Amin also started boxing. At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Amin served as Uganda’s heavyweight boxing champion for nine years.
In 1966, President Milton Obote appointed Amin to be the military’s chief of staff. Five years later, Amin overthrew Obote and declared himself president for life. Under Amin’s rule, an army of 15,000 men was formed and told to rape and pillage — in order to keep the peace. He also deported the country’s entire Asian population.
As Uganda plunged into economic chaos, Amin ordered the deaths of anyone who opposed him. He described himself as “a pure son of Africa,” and fed his enemies to crocodiles. Obote described him as “the greatest brute an African mother has ever brought to life.” Human rights groups estimate that between 100,000 and 500,000 people were killed during Amin’s eight-year reign.
After surviving 22 assassination attempts, Amin decided to invade Tanzania. In 1979, Tanzanian troops responded by seizing control of the Ugandan capital. Amin was removed from power and forced into exile. He fled to Libya, Iraq, then Saudi Arabia, where he lived comfortably until his death.
Timeline of Amin’s Life

One Response to Idi Amin

  1. M.G.M ENT. LLC.

    i saw the movie, which motivated me to find out more about this man. which is why i am here. i saw the last 20 min or so of the movie. an dhe was a seriously bad guy. he had that man hanging from hooks in his chest, ans also cut his wife up from limb to limb. this man created a holicost(incorrect spelling i no) himself in his own country. but i enjoyed the movie bexause it taught me about my history and i enjoy learning about things like this than almost any thing in the world!

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