In recent months, many Asian traders and merchants have left their homes in Uganda due to hardships resulting from the African boycott on all Asian shops.
In recent months, many Asian traders and merchants have left their homes in Uganda due to hardships resulting from the African boycott on all Asian shops. Since the boycott started last year many shop keepers have been forced out of business with the fall off in trade.
Trains running to the coastal ports of East Africa are booked up months ahead. Ocean liners travelling to India are doing a booming trade carrying the Asians back to the land their fathers or grandfathers left years ago. Many Indians first came to East Africa to work on railways then being constructed.
A spokesman for the Indian Merchants stated that almost half the Asian traders in the rural areas of Buganda have been forced to close up their shops since the start of the boycott. In many cases intimidation and arson have been used against Africans who broke the boycott and traded with an Asian dealer.
The Bishop of Uganda, Rt Rev Leslie Brown, recently said that Christians could not stand by and see Asians ill-treated because of their race.