Uganda: Precarious Coup

Tales of killing and looting

Vendors selling popcorn and soft drinks moved through the crowd of journalists and diplomats gathered in the tiny border town of Busia, Kenya, about 235 miles northwest of Nairobi. The throng was there to greet the first convoy of cars and buses carrying nearly 300 Americans, Europeans and Asians who were evacuated from Uganda last week following the coup on July 27 that ousted President Apollo Milton Obote. In contrast to the friendly welcome, the travelers gave chilling eyewitness accounts of the confusion and fear that shook the Ugandan capital of Kampala after the coup. Bands of drunken soldiers armed with...

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