Africa to send aid to Britain

The annual trawl through newly-released documents at the National Archive has unearthed a truly surreal story that turns current news events on their head.

“Today, 21 January 1974, the people of Kigezi District donated one lorry load of vegetables and wheat. I am now requesting you to send an aircraft to collect this donation urgently before it goes bad. I hope you will react quickly so as not to discourage Ugandans from donating more”

“And so it was in December 1973 when Her Majesty’s diplomatic staff in the Ugandan capital of Kampala telegrammed London to pass on an offer to save the UK from financial ruin from General Idi Amin Dada.”

BBC World

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