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First name:  Hans

Last name:  Bollinger

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Photographer
  • Media outlet:  Stern
  • Type of media:  print media
  • Born:  All

  • Died:  9 April 1979 Uganda
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? yes
  • Impunity: total


Killed by police when he and three colleagues tried to enter Uganda from Lake Victoria in a boat from Kenya. The government said they were mercenaries. He worked for the Paris photo agency Gamma but was on assignment for the German magazine Stern.

  • Uganda - 1971-79: Idi Amin’s rule
  • Gen. Idi Amin overthrew the one-party rule of President Milton Obote in January 1971. Western countries backed him at first but withdrew as his regime became a bloody dictatorship under which about 300,000 Ugandans died or vanished between 1971 and 1979 and the economy collapsed. After an army mutiny in 1979, Amin attacked neighbouring Tanzania, which hit back and overthrew Amin with the help of Ugandan rebels.


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