When Idi Amin, the President of Uganda, followed up on his dream, and ordered the expulsion of all Ugandan Asians within 90 days, whether those Asians were Ugandan for one generation or multiple generations, the Asians were gripped with fear and absolute panic. They were required to say good-bye to the only country that most had known; to hand-over all their life long possessions and assets, and simply go!!! Where would they go — how would they go — who would help them — and many such questions completely consumed them. These were traumatic times.
However, almost miraculously, Mike Molloy and a team of dedicated and empathetic Government officers and administrative staff descended from Canada. It was clear that they had instructions from the very top, to do whatever was necessary, to facilitate and process the migration of some 6,000 Ugandan Asians to Canada, within a matter of a few weeks.
My wife, Shamshad, and I were amongst the lucky ones to arrive in Canada in 1972.
Read more at the Source: What Happened to the Canada That Saved My Family From a Brutal Dictator? | Jalal Jaffer
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After completing his law degree from the University of B.C. in 1977, Jalal Jaffer articled with Peterson Stark and have been with the same firm for over 30 years, practicing in a variety of areas of the law, including Civil Litigation, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Corporate, and Wills & Estates.
Born in Kenya, grown up in Uganda, went to university in London, England. B.Sc (Econ) from London School of Economics M.Sc (Econ) from Queen Mary College, University of London.
Migrated to Canada in 1972. Completed LLB and have been in private legal practice since 1978. Have held senior leadership positions in the Ismaili Muslim Community