Amin's Soldiers Amin's Soldiers

Amin's Soldiers

A Caricature of Upper Prison

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Publisher Description

Following the fall of African dictator Idi Amin, remnants of his army were rounded-up and thrown in jail. John Pancras Orau, a member of Amin's Ugandan Air Force was one of these men. He saw first-hand the privations, isolation, hunger and humiliation in what were little more than concentration camps. In this book he describes the uncertainty and arbitrary punishments that - alongside fear that prisoners might just 'disappear' - were part of daily life. A true story of hope and belief, Amin's Soldiers is a masterpiece of tragicomic writing falling somewhere between Catch 22 and Animal Farm as The Chieftan and his Brains Trust of fellow inmates try to govern themselves against a backdrop of prison gossip, rumour, misinformation and ever-changing rules. Yet it is not without a rich vein of humour as prisoners set up shops, cafes, entertainment, salvage teams and work on dubious escape plans. Equally comical are the ruses, subterfuge and corruption that become endemic as guards and prisoners seek to outwit each other. For more serious students of imprisonment, the book is about crime and punishment in a fluctuating political landscape, about ordinary people whose only real offence was being left on the wrong side of History. It is also a true story of belief and survival. The book came about as a result of links between the Anglican Diocese of Winchester and the Church of Uganda. 'The last time I saw John Orau he was sitting in his tiny bookshop in Uganda wiling away his time reading. I asked how many he had sold today, he thought hard then answered, "None". "And yesterday?" "None, either". He was writing this book and his only ambition was to one day see it in print': Reverend Gordon Randall.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2013
October 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
200
Pages
PUBLISHER
Waterside Press
SELLER
Waterside Press
SIZE
1.3
MB

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