UGANDA: The Exodus Begins

With the Maple Leaf flapping crisply from his white Mercedes limousine, Canadian High Commissioner William Olivier set out under a warm morning sun last week at the head of an official motorcade bound for the airport outside Kampala. Behind him followed three busloads of doctors, lawyers and engineers, together with their wives and children—the first group of Ugandan Asians to be offered refuge by Canada.

Olivier's personal diplomatic protection was an unusual but necessary gesture. In the wake of an abortive invasion by exiled Ugandan guerrillas two weeks ago, the country is a tinderbox of tension and fear. The journey...

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