Jalal Jaffer was born in 1945 in a small town called Kitale, in the highlands of Kenya. He moved to Kampala, Uganda, with his family when he was three and spent his childhood there, growing up as one of nine children.
Forced to flee from one’s homeland with only a few suitcases, most would be bitter. However, Memories of a Ugandan Refugee, published by FriesenPress, is a story of gratitude for a country that opened its arms to those needing a safe harbour.
Within its pages, Jalal Jaffer tells his story of growing up in Uganda and his dangerous escape from his country with his wife, Shamshad, when they and thousands of other Asians are forcibly expelled by Idi Amin in 1972. Feeling blessed with the “warm embrace” offered them in Canada, Jalal and his wife quickly adapt to their new country and eventually settle in Vancouver.
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