Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees, will visit a Belgian holiday camp on Wednesday (17 January) to see a group of expelled Ugandan Asians who are still waiting for their situation to be sorted tout at international level.
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Background: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees, will visit a Belgian holiday camp on Wednesday (17 January) to see a group of expelled Ugandan Asians who are still waiting for their situation to be sorted tout at international level.
The Prince is the nephew of the Aga Khan, who is spiritual leader of some of the Asians, and who himself tried to help when President Amin ordered their expulsion form Uganda.
Many of the people in the luxurious holiday camp are separated from other members of their families because f nationality problems. Some were not allowed to enter Britain because they did not hold British passports, although the heads of their families were admitted. Now they wait, only sixty miles from their relations but unable to meet them. They regard Britain as their ultimate home, but their only contact with it is by watching British television, which is easily received on the Belgian coast.
There are 470 Ugandan Asians in the 4 hectare (9 acre) camp. Their maintenance costs are being paid by the United Nations, and charity organisations have contributed extra facilities, such as clothing. Schools with a staff of 17, have been established for the 141 children of school age, and some youngsters have been entered for British examinations. There is an 18-man committee of Asians to liaise with the authorities on day-to-day problems, but the Asians say they are comfortable in their centrally-heated surroundings, and lack nothing - except a future.
SYNOPSIS: This three-star holiday camp on the Belgian coast is a popular summer venue. It has all the centrally-heated luxury that holidaymakers demand, and its grounds sprawl over nine acres. But the present guests would like to get away as soon as possible.
They are Ugandan Asians, 470 of them. And although they try to keep the atmosphere cheerful, they spend each day worrying about their futures. Many of the Asians are members of split families. Some became stateless after President Amin's expulsion order, and thus unable to join family heads in Britain. Their keep is being paid for by the Untied Nations, and Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the organisation's High Commissioner on Refugees, is visiting the camp on Wednesday.