New Book: Memories of a Ugandan Refugee by Jalal Jaffer

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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  1. New Book: Memories of a Ugandan Refugee by Jalal Jaffer.

    Just posted on my Facebook:

    A must read. I have already bought and have started reading the same.
    Have also known Jalal for the past many years in his various institutional positions since our own arrival in Canada in May 1975.

    Best wishes, warm regards and prayers for all.

    Kamrudin A. Rashid – Toronto, Ontario – May 9, 2022.


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