Polish Refugees; Photos from Uganda National Archives.

The background to the story is (of course) National Socialist Germany invasion of Poland. Uganda being an allied colony then, alongside Kenya, Rhodesia (Zambia and Zimbabwe) and other British colonies offered a safe haven for refugees under the protection of the allies. “The first group of 492 Polish refugees arrived in Uganda by train from Kenya on 8th September 1942, three years after they had fled Poland. They disembarked at Namasagali where they were received by three housewives of Jinja administration officers. From Namasagali, the refugees boarded barges which took them down the Nile to Masindi Port. Trucks transported them from Masindi to their ‘new home’, a settlement camp established at Nabyeya, 35km from Masindi town and Lake Albert. ”Text from; Uganda: A Safe Haven for Polish Refugees: 1942-1951D. Kiyaga-Mulindwa. Full document (Subscription required): http://www.ajol.info/index.php/uj/article/view/23031

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