Monday, 10 September 2012


This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:

Story of Uganda exodus is told
A digital audio trail has been launched that tells the story of Leicester's Ugandan Asians.
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is running the From Kampala to Leicester exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of the arrival in the city of about 10,000 people expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin.
The audio trail guides people between the museum and Phoenix, in the Cultural Quarter.
Councillor Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor responsible for heritage, said: "This is a fascinating part of Leicester's history and this digital trail through the city will bring it to life as never before.
It is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the exodus of Ugandan Asians."
The trail uses personal testimony from Leicester's Ugandan Asian community.
Restaurateur Dharmesh Lakhani, of Belgrave Road, whose family was among those expelled, said: "It something different and that could be quite exciting."
Accountant Praful Thakrar, of Oadby, said: "This is a very good idea which will help today's generation understand better what their parents and grandparents went through."
From Kampala to Leicester runs until September 30.
Shop windows along the trail will display posters featuring QR codes, which can be read by smartphones to access more information. ugandanasianstory/

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