Idi Amin Dada (c. 1925 – 16 August 2003) was a repressive dictator of the African country of Uganda. The President of Tanzania at the time, Julius Nyerere, invaded Uganda to save the country from Amin.
|3rd President of Uganda|
25 January 1971 – 11 April 1979
|Vice President||Mustafa Adrisi|
|Preceded by||Milton Obote|
|Succeeded by||Yusufu Lule|
Idi Amin Dada
|Died||August 16, 2003 (aged 77)|
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
|Spouse(s)||Malyamu Amin (divorced)|
Kay Amin (divorced)
Nora Amin (divorced)
Madina Amin (widow)
Sarah Amin (widow)
|Allegiance|| United Kingdom|
|Years of service||1946–1962 (UK)|
Field Marshal (Uganda, self-styled)
|Unit||King's African Rifles|
|Commands||Commander-in-Chief of the Forces|
|Battles/wars||Mau Mau Uprising|
1971 Ugandan coup d'état
Amin was famous for sending all Asians, mainly from India and Pakistan, out of Uganda. He threw them out because he believed they were taking the jobs of Ugandans. Many of the Asians that left Uganda came back after Amin was thrown out.
Amin became known as a very brutal leader and in the 1970s he was compared to historical persons such as Caligula, Hitler, Beria and Himmler. In several of the neighboring countries he was stamped as "sadist, murderer, fascist and oppressor."
In 2003, Amin died in Jeddah , Saudi Arabia from kidney failure at age 77. He lived in Saudi Arabia after being thrown out of Uganda, he was barred from ever returning since he left. He died one day before his 78th birthday.
He was put on life support on July 18, but when his organs began to fail, life support mechanism was disconnected by his family. He was buried without any memorial in a simple grave without headstone.
- Many sources, like Encyclopædia Britannica, Encarta and the Columbia Encyclopedia, hold that Amin was born in Koboko or Kampala circa 1925, and that the exact date of his birth is unknown. Researcher Fred Guweddeko claimed that Amin was born on 17 May 1928, Archived 2008-04-23 at the Wayback Machine, but that is disputed. The only certainty is that Amin was born some time during the mid-1920s.
- The Idi Amin I knew