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Expulsion@50 - commemorating the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians

Expulsion@50 - commemorating the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians

By Dolar Vasani
An oral history project using podcasts. The stories are authentic, compelling, diverse, personal and powerful; from Belgium, Canada, Chile, Greece, India, Pakistan, The Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, UK and USA. They are voices of people who were expelled; those who stayed; others who left and returned; the second generation whose parents were expelled; writers and academics, not forgetting the experience of listeners. Oldest contributor was 92 years. Some are in Gujarati. 3 seasons, 43 episodes completed.
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Ep 44 - ઓટો સ્પેર્સની રાણી - The Queen of Auto Spares
આગામી ત્રણ એપિસોડ એવી મહિલાઓ પર ધ્યાન કેન્દ્રિત કરે છે જેમણે વિવિધ મુશ્કેલીઓનો અનુભવ કર્યો છે અને જેઓ તાકાત, નિશ્ચય અને કૃપાથી પસાર થઈ છે.  એપિસોડ ૪૪ માં, અમે ખતીજા કપાસી પાસેથી સાંભળીએ છીએ કે જેઓ ૮૦ વર્ષની ઉંમરે બર્મિંગહામમાં તેમના પારિવારિક વ્યવસાય, જીવાજી ઓટો સ્પેર્સમાં કામ કરવાનું ચાલુ રાખે છે.  “મને ગ્રાહકો સાથે વાર્તાલાપ કરવામાં આનંદ આવે છે. તેઓ એટલા માટે આવે છે કારણ કે અમે દરેક સાથે ન્યાયી, સમાન અને પ્રમાણિકતાથી વર્તે છે.” સંગીત: શર્લી બાસી દ્વારા ડાયમંડ્સ કાયમ છે ================================ The next three episodes focus on women who have experienced different hardships and have pulled through with strength, determination and grace.  In episode 44, we hear from Khatija Kapasi who at the age of 80 years continues to work at Jivaji Auto Spares, their family business in Birmingham.  “I enjoy interacting with the customers. They come because we treat everyone fairly, equally and with honesty.” Music: Diamonds are forever by Shirley Bassey
27:53
September 30, 2022
Episode 44 - The Queen of Auto Spares (Trailer)
The first of three episodes focussing on women who have experienced different hardships and have pulled through with strength, determination and grace.  In episode 44, we hear from Khatija Kapasi who at the age of 80 years continues to work at Jivaji Auto Spares, their family business in Birmingham. This episode goes live on 1 October 2022 and is in Gujarati
02:16
September 24, 2022
Ep 43 - The good and bad of the expulsion
In episode 43, self-made and successful entrepreneur, Sudhir Ruparelia, shares his experiences of living in Uganda. After Idi Amin’s edict, he left Uganda, went to the UK and then returned. “Uganda never left us and we never left Uganda. In the UK, there was something missing in my life.” Today, the Ruparelia group is the largest privately owned conglomerate in Uganda, with 25 companies in different sectors. Music: Bow Harp (Adungu) near Lake Victoria by Sadam Seguya
23:53
September 15, 2022
Episode 43 - The good & bad of the expulsion (Trailer)
Sudhir Ruparelia shares his experiences of growing up in Uganda, leaving and returning to the country of his birth. Episode 43 goes live on the 15th September 2022
01:57
September 08, 2022
Ep 42 - Opportunity Knocks
Season 4 continues with Raman Keshwala, who returned to Uganda in the 1990s. His main motivation was to reconnect with his parents who had moved back to Uganda. “There were many opportunities for starting new businesses. We liked the country and the future is bright for Uganda.” Music: Gun Guna Rahe Hai Bhanvare by Asha Bhosle
24:06
September 01, 2022
Episode 42 - Opportunity Knocks (Trailer)
This is a story of seizing opportunities. Raman Keshwala speaks about his motivation and experience of returning to Uganda.  This episode goes live on 1 September 2022
01:49
August 25, 2022
Ep 41 - OUR MOTHERS: saluting the unsung heroines
A tribute to all mothers who experienced the expulsion from Uganda in 1972 Music: Tu Kitni Achi Hai, Tu Kitni Bohle Hai by Lata Mangeshkar
20:16
August 12, 2022
Ep 40 - Expelled 50 years ago
This episode is dedicated to the 80,000 Asians who were expelled in 1972 and to all Ugandans, past, present and future...
33:06
August 04, 2022
Ep 39 - અમે યુગાન્ડામાં રહેવાનું પસંદ કર્યું - We Chose to Stay in Uganda
જેમ જેમ અમે સીઝન 4 ચાલુ રાખીએ છીએ, અમે હુસૈન લિરા પાસેથી સાંભળીએ છીએ, જેમણે યુગાન્ડામાં રહેવાનું પસંદ કર્યું છે. એપિસોડ 39 માં, તે અમને કહે છે કે તેણે શા માટે ત્યાં રહેવાનું નક્કી કર્યું. તે એ પણ સમજાવે છે કે હકાલપટ્ટીએ અર્થતંત્ર પર કેવી અસર કરી. આજે, તે કમ્પાલામાં રહે છે. “મેં વિશ્વના ઘણા ભાગોમાં પ્રવાસ કર્યો છે. યુગાન્ડા એ છે જ્યાં હું ઘરે સૌથી વધુ અનુભવું છું. આ તે છે જ્યાં મારું હૃદય છે." સંગીત: મેહદી હસન દ્વારા રફ્તા, રફ્તા વો મેરી હસ્તી કા સામન ======================= As we continue Season 4, we hear from Hussein Lira, who chose to stay in Uganda. In episode 39, he tells us why he decided to remain there. He also explains how the expulsion impacted the economy. Today, he continues to live in Kampala. “I have travelled to many parts of the world. Uganda is where I feel most at home. This is where my heart is.” This podcast is in Gujarati Music: Rafta, Rafta Woh Meri Hasti Ka Saman by Mehdi Hassan
23:41
August 01, 2022
Episode 39 - We Chose to Stay in Uganda (Trailer)
As we continue Season 4, we hear from Hussain Lira, who chose to stay in Uganda. In episode 39, he tells us why he decided to remain there. He also explains how the expulsion impacted the economy.  This podcast goes live on 1 August and is in Gujarati
02:18
July 25, 2022
Ep 38 - A Sports Crazed President
As part of Season 4, we hear from Vicky Byaruagaba. In episode 38, Vicky shares his experiences of being an international level boxer during the Amin presidency.  “Although it was an oppressive government, all sports benefitted as the President invested resources and we felt supported.”  This really encouraged many young people to get involved in sports. Music: Three little birds by Bob Marley
21:20
July 20, 2022
Episode 38 - A Sports Crazed President (Trailer)
We hear from Vicky Byaruagaba about what it was like to be a boxer during the Amin presidency.  This episode goes live on 20 July 2022
02:35
July 15, 2022
Ep 37 - Teaching @ Kololo SS
We kick off Season 4 with Graham Hobster, a biology teacher who worked at Kololo Secondary School in Kampala. He speaks about his teaching experience and also how it was to be in Uganda before, during and after the expulsion. One day, while taking photographs of his students as they queued at the various embassies, he was arrested by an army official.   “I was charged for being a neo-colonialist spy and Zionist infiltrator. I asked them to write it down as I had no idea what it meant…” Music: Here comes the sun, Beatles (Instrumental) 
33:40
July 10, 2022
Episode 37 - Teaching @Kololo SS (Trailer)
Graham Hobster speaks about his experiences of being a biology teacher at Kololo Secondary School in Kampala.  This episode goes live on 10 July 2022.
01:35
July 05, 2022
Review of Season 3
In this episode, I invite Sejal Sachdev to share her thoughts and reflections on Season 3. Sejal was born in Uganda and is part of the organising team for the 50th anniversary commemorative events in London, UK. Music: Respect by Aretha Franklin
24:46
June 22, 2022
Ep 36 - My Hidden Journey
In this final episode of Season 3, we hear from Sanjay Patel. He is the author of the book, ‘My Hidden Journey’, which charts his life in Uganda and growing up in rural England. “It was a struggle. In those days, people had little exposure or knowledge of Indians. We were called Pakis and told to go back home.” Music: Ajeeb dastan hai yeh by Lata Mangeshkar
35:19
June 15, 2022
Episode 36 - My Hidden Journey (Trailer)
In this final episode of Season 3, we hear from Sanjay Patel about leaving Uganda and settling in the UK.  He also shares his motivation for writing the book, My Hidden Journey. This episode goes live on 15 June 2022.
02:15
June 08, 2022
Ep 35 - The Red Thread
“Feel the fear and do it anyway. What’s the worst that can happen?”  In episode 35, we hear from Bina Briggs, the author of the book, ‘The Red Thread’ – the everlasting invisible connections between us.  Bina shares her story of leaving Uganda, settling in the UK and her motivation for writing the book. Music: Rahen Na Rahen Hum by Lata Mangeshkar
29:12
June 01, 2022
Episode 35 - The Red Thread (Trailer)
Bina Briggs speaks about her journey of writing the book 'The Red Thread' - the everlasting invisible connections between us. This episode goes live on 1 June 2022
01:22
May 25, 2022
Ep 34 - Back to the Future
In episode 34 we hear from Yunus Shah, a radio presenter, businessman and lover of Urdu poetry. After several business ventures in the UK, Yunus returned to Uganda and started new enterprises.  “It was like going back to the future. With the inner confidence I’ve gained from 30-odd years of living in the first world, I’ve been able to share so much.” Music: Aapki Yaad Aati Rahi Raat Bhar by Jaidev
37:18
May 15, 2022
Episode 34 - Back to the Future (Trailer)
Yunus Shah speaks about his experiences of setting up and managing businesses in the UK and in Uganda.  This episode goes lives on 15 May 2022.
02:08
May 08, 2022
Ep 33 - A Full Circle
In the second of three episodes on the relationship between Indians and their businesses, we hear from Fatema Patwa. She was born in Uganda and left hurriedly with her parents, back in October 1972. Many years later, Fatema returned to Uganda. Today she manages the family businesses and lives between Birmingham and Kampala. “While returning to Uganda has been challenging, I have learned so much and have grown as a person. I  am much more confident.” Music: Anoushka Shankar & Patricia Kopatchinska – Raga Piloo
41:22
May 01, 2022
Episode 33 - A Full Circle (Trailer)
Fatema Patwa shares her experiences of growing up in Uganda and in the UK, and of returning back to Kampala.  Episode 33 goes live on 1 May 2022.
01:38
April 24, 2022
Ep 32 - INDIANS & BUSINESS
In the first of three episodes, I explore the relationship between Indians and their businesses, in Uganda and in the UK. In episode 32, Jaffer Kapasi speaks about his father’s business ventures and how from an early age he was groomed into the world of business.  “It was compulsory for us to be in the shop everyday from 4-5pm. That is where I learned about the different products, pricing and serving customers.” Music: Sanon Ik Pal Chain by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
25:56
April 15, 2022
Episode 32 - INDIANS & BUSINESS (Trailer)
Jaffar Kapasi speaks about his family's relationship with business, in Uganda and then in the UK.  This episode goes live on 15 April.
01:57
April 08, 2022
Ep 31 - Your Passport, Your Destiny
Following the announcement by Idi Amin, what passport you held became paramount and determined where in the world you would end up. Najma Dawoodbhai shares her family’s experiences of navigating from one embassy to another. They finally found refuge in Pakistan. “My biggest lesson is that we need to take each day as it comes because you don’t know what’s going to happen with your health or your wealth. You can have it one day; it can be gone tomorrow”. Music: Imagine by John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band
40:05
April 01, 2022
Episode 31 - Your Passport, Your Destiny (Trailer)
Najma Dawoodbhai shares the experiences of her family, as they were sent from pillar to post, back in 1972. This episode goes live on 1 April 2022.
02:29
March 25, 2022
Ep 30 - The role of the international community
As part of the expulsion, thousands of people lost their citizenship and became stateless. Anthony Vassiliadis speaks about the way ICEM, now the International Organization for Migration (IOM), facilitated the resettlement of 5000 Ugandan Asians back in 1972. "The International Red Cross issued travel documents that were valid for one trip only. ICEM chartered planes that flew people out from Uganda to camps in Europe. From there, different countries accepted them as refugees.” Music: Debussy - Arabesque No.2
16:37
March 20, 2022
Episode 30 - The role of the international community (Trailer)
Anthony Vassiliadis, now aged 90 years, shares his experience of managing the resettlement programme of Ugandan Asians back in 1972.  This episode goes live on 20 March 2022.
01:17
March 15, 2022
Ep 29 - The pain of separation
As we see the horrors of the refugee crisis unfolding in Ukraine, Ashifa Dhillon shares what happened to her family almost 50 years ago. The pain of separation is all too familiar and extremely distressing to hear. “My mother, who lived like a ‘queen’, lost everything because of what Idi Amin did. She never ever saw all her siblings, children and grandchildren again in one place.” Music: Que Sera, Sera, Doris Day – instrumental version
23:42
March 10, 2022
Episode 29 - The pain of separation (Trailer)
Ashifa Dhillon shares what happened to her family following the announcement by President Idi Amin, back in August 1972. This episode goes live on 10 March 2022.
01:22
March 05, 2022
Ep 28 - Overcoming adversity
Back in September 2021, I had a conversation with Ryhana Manji and her mother, Rubab Hassanali. This is a story of overcoming adversity. The family left Uganda and ended up in New York via Rome. All lives changed as a result of the expulsion. However, the impact was most acutely felt by the women, who had to adjust to a completely new life. “We never spoke about what happened to us as a community and I feel that was a really big mistake. That is a big lesson for the future.” This podcast is in English and in Gujarati Music: Grand Orchestre Taarab de Zanzibar – Rajaab Suleiman
19:37
March 01, 2022
Episode 28 - Overcoming Adversity (Trailer)
In this story of survival, mother and daughter share their respective experiences of leaving Uganda and ending up in New York City. Rubab Hassanali, aged 92 years is the oldest contributor to this series. This episode goes live on 1 March 2022.
01:54
February 22, 2022
Ep 27 - Orange for the Sunsets
As part of Season 3, I have a conversation with Tina Athaide who shares her journey of writing the novel, ‘Orange for the Sunsets’. As an educator, she noticed there were hardly any books that depicted the experiences of children of colour. Motivated to capture her heritage, she wrote many versions of the book. It took 12 years and 30 rejections before it was finally published. “What I like about the book now is that it isn’t biased towards what happened to the Indians, but also gives credence to the African experience.” Music: Jambo - Hakuna Matata by Boney M
21:24
February 15, 2022
Episode 27 - Orange for the Sunsets (Trailer)
Catch the full story of Tina Athaide's journey of writing the book, Orange for the Sunsets, out on 15 February 2022.
01:57
February 08, 2022
Ep 26 - The Fortunicity of Birdie Dalal
The Fortunicity of Birdie Dalal As part of Season 3, I have a conversation with Claire Duende. She is the author of the novel, ‘The Fortunicity of Birdie Dalal’. While she has no family/personal connection to Uganda, she found herself getting more and more curious about the expulsion. “Many people have said they had no idea this had happened. One good thing is that the book shines a light on that historical event.” Music: Jambalaya by Jo Stafford (1952)
14:58
January 31, 2022
Episode 26 - The Fortunicity of Birdie Dalal (Trailer)
Claire Duende shares her journey of writing the book, The Fortunicity of Birdie Dalal. This episode goes live on 1 February 2022.
01:29
January 24, 2022
Ep 25 - Life is nothing but our stories, yours, and mine
We kick off Season 3 with Urmila Patel’s story. She is the author of ‘Out of Uganda in 90 days’, a personal memoir of her turbulent journey from Uganda to India and Belgium. She strongly believes in telling our stories to everyone, especially the children and grandchildren. “Through writing, I was able to heal my own pain, and I hope it can help heal the pain of others.” Music: Ek pyaar ka naghma hai (Life is a tale of love) – Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh
36:22
January 14, 2022
Episode 25 - Life is nothing more than our stories, yours, and mine (Trailer)
Season 3 kicks off with Urmila Patel, the author of Out of Uganda in 90 days. Episode 25 goes live on 14 January 2022
01:49
January 07, 2022
My opinion piece - If we don't tell our stories, someone else will
In this episode, I invite Sejal Majithia-Jaswal to narrate my opinion piece, reflecting on Seasons 1 & 2. Sejal was born in Uganda and is an active member of the 50th anniversary commemoration project in London, England. Music: Molimo by Papa Noel and Papi Oviedo
15:01
December 27, 2021
Ep 24 - Being 3rd Culture
In this episode, Anand Dattani shares his experiences of The Journey Onwards, his own podcast, which has raised important questions around his identity, history, and heritage, and where he fits into British society. “My core passion is to speak to people of different backgrounds, all of whom have this 3rd culture experience in common.” Music: Papa Kehte Hain, Instrumental
21:15
December 15, 2021
Episode 24 - Being 3rd Culture (Trailer)
Anand Dattani speaks about what it means to be a 3rd culture individual. He also shares some feedback on the Expulsion@50 podcast series.  This episode goes live on 15 December 2021
02:20
December 08, 2021
Ep 23 - The Double Diaspora Experience
Maya Parmar explores what it means to be South Asian from East Africa and living in the UK. As a ‘twice migrant’ and a researcher of English literature, she asks: “There are so many of us in Britain, but where are the stories about people like us?” Music: Cornershop – Brimful of Asha, Norman Cook mix (Tjinder Singh)
15:29
December 01, 2021
Episode 23 - The Double Diaspora Experience (Trailer)
Maya Parmar discusses what it means to be a twice migrant - a South Asian from East Africa, living in the UK.  This episode goes live on 1 December 2021
01:41
November 24, 2021
Ep 22 - The unseen archives of Idi Amin
Derek Peterson shares his personal relationship to Uganda and his reflections on the various events of the 1970s. “I hope Ugandans will listen to this podcast. Uganda’s public life is empty of museums and memorials to the events of that time. It is important to have public acknowledgement of what happened to the Asian community, to the Langi and Acholi tribes and to the people from Ankole." Music: What's love by the Cranes
25:32
November 15, 2021
Episode 22 - The unseen archives of Idi Amin (Trailer)
Listen to the experiences of Derek Peterson, historian, scholar and author. Episode 22 goes live on 15 November 2021.
01:38
November 08, 2021
Ep 21 - Going on 21
On the 1st November 1972, Jameela aged 20 years boarded the plane in Entebbe, Uganda without saying goodbye to her parents and to her siblings. She had no idea when and where she would ever see them again. “For the proceeding years, I went into another existence and lived a life in a total daze. I had put what happened out of my mind, and totally dismissed it. Until…”
27:21
November 01, 2021
Episode 21 - Going on 21 (Trailer)
Listen to Jameela's full story on her 49th anniversary of leaving Uganda, out on 1 November 2021.
01:50
October 25, 2021
Ep 20 - How dare he!
Jaswant’s relationship with Uganda is bittersweet. In this episode, she speaks about the anguish and hurt caused by the expulsion. At the age of sixteen, she found herself ‘taking care’ of the extended family of 20 people as they left their very settled life in Uganda and arrived in cold and wet Britain. Over the years, she has made several trips to Uganda. “I just love going back. I don’t know what keeps drawing me there.”
17:02
October 20, 2021
Episode 20 - How dare he! (Trailer)
Listen to Jaswant Jutley's story, out on 20 October 2021
01:45
October 14, 2021
Ep 19 - Expelled from Uganda
In this episode, Amir Majothi speaks about his carefree life in Uganda and how everything turned upside down for his family when he was 19 years old. In 2019, his daughter Noreen Nasim was inspired to write the story of her father after watching a BBC documentary. In 2021, Noreen published the book, Expelled from Uganda. This episode is about their respective journeys and is in both Gujarati and English.
24:18
October 10, 2021
Episode 19 - Expelled from Uganda (Trailer)
A father and daughter story. This episode goes live on 10 October 2021
01:11
October 05, 2021
Ep 18 - I am an immigrant
Shehina Fazal,  now living on the island of Crete in Greece, speaks about what it means to be an immigrant.  She shares her view of the podcast series, and her insights on migration/immigration, identities, and the impact of colonisation. “We’re still living in the shadow of colonisation and the podcasts play a part in informing the public about that underbelly.”
28:26
September 30, 2021
Episode 18 - I am an immigrant (Trailer)
Shehina Fazal speaks about being an immigrant and critiques the podcast series. This episode goes live on 1 October 2021
02:01
September 24, 2021
Ep 17 - I love the concept of migration
Sandra Anderson has a special relationship to Uganda. In this episode, she speaks about that connection.  She also gives her views on migration and her impressions as a regular listener to this podcast. “If we don’t want to deal with the misfortune of other people from their historical past, we should create a world of less misfortune.”
23:14
September 15, 2021
Episode 17 - I love the concept of migration (Trailer)
Always an inspiration, Sandra's story goes live on 15 September 2021.
01:50
September 08, 2021
Ep 16 - The Riddle of Bakuli
“This life is a journey, it’s beautiful… nobody knows what will happen tomorrow.” In this episode, artist Said Adrus speaks about leaving Uganda and going to Switzerland. Forty odd years later, he retraces his past in Kampala, capturing his experiences in a film called The Riddle of Bakuli. https://vimeo.com/450440619
18:15
August 31, 2021
Episode 16 - The Riddle of Bakuli (Trailer)
Said shares his experience of leaving Uganda and going to Switzerland. This episode goes live on 1 September 2021
01:07
August 25, 2021
Ep 15 - અમે ચિંતકો નથી, અમે લડવૈયા છીએ - We are not worriers, we are fighters
સુમનબેન પૂર્વ આફ્રિકામાં તેના જીવન ઇંગ્લેન્ડમાં નવું જીવન બનાવવાની વાત કરે છે. “લોકો આજે આપણા કરતા વધારે તાણ અનુભવે છે. આપણું જીવન ખૂબ સરળ હતું " Sumanben speaks of her life in East Africa, the expulsion and making a new life in England. “People today experience much more stress/tension than we did. Our lives were much simpler.” This podcast is in Gujarati
29:24
August 20, 2021
Episode 15 - We are not worriers, we are fighters (Trailer)
Sumanben's story goes live on the 20th August 2021. This podcast is in Gujarati.
01:51
August 14, 2021
Ep 14 - UK response to the Ugandan Asian refugees
Historian Becky Taylor speaks about her work with minority and marginalised groups and the actions of the British government towards them. “We need to have more empathy for vulnerable strangers irrespective of their passport status…one day it might be us.”
21:18
August 10, 2021
Episode 14 - UK response to Ugandan Asian refugees (Trailer)
Becky Taylor shares her work on the response of the UK government on managing the 'Ugandan Asian crisis', back in 1972/3.
01:22
August 04, 2021
Ep 13 - Hard work and perseverance
Sam was only 13 years old when the Indians were expelled from Uganda. In this episode, he shares how his life changed after 1972. “The deterioration of the economy is what changed my life … poverty descended upon my family”. He also sheds light on the challenges of post independent African countries.
22:44
August 01, 2021
Episode 13 - Hard work and perseverance (Trailer)
A captivating story of Sam Kalibala. Goes live on 1 August 2021.
01:04
July 25, 2021
End of Season 1
A reflection on Season 1. Onwards to Season 2...
05:51
July 15, 2021
Ep 12 - We are Canadian
We hear Shezan’s motivation for doing a PhD on the resettlement, integration and identities of Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada. A structured question he asked was how people identify themselves. “Everyone described themselves as Canadian. Aside from the amount of time they had lived in the country, it was about Canadian values…”
23:53
June 26, 2021
Ep 11 - Back to Masaka
In this episode, Aliya travels to Masaka, the town where her parents lived in Uganda before the expulsion and their relocation to the UK. She speaks about the importance of filling in the gaps of history. “I wanted to know my parents’ story and where they came from…”
17:19
June 15, 2021
Ep 10 - Women's contribution
In this episode, Rohit shares his carefree childhood in Kampala, and the role played by women during the expulsion and beyond. "Many women gave unquestioning and unconditional support. That really helped their men and their children…”
22:07
May 31, 2021
Ep 9 - Story of Vanitaben Vyas
"દુનિયાને આપણો ઇતિહાસ જણાવવાનું મહત્વનું છે ...જે બન્યું તેનું. જો આપણે નહીં કરીએ, તો તે ભૂંસીને ભૂલાઈ જશે." "It's important to tell the world our history... of what happened. If we don't, it'll just get erased and forgotten" This podcast is in Gujarati
15:01
May 15, 2021
Ep 8 - From South Africa
As a listener, Sudeshan shares his perspectives, highlighting the historical differences between the Indian community in East Africa with those in South Africa. “For future episodes, I would like hear about what role and position the Indian government played in accepting the Ugandan Asians that were expelled.”
12:35
April 30, 2021
Ep 7 - Kololo Hill
Neema shares the journey of writing her first novel. "When researching for my book, the main challenge I experienced was getting people to come forward and share their personal stories. People seem very hesitant to talk about that time .... maybe because it was too traumatic and painful?"
11:12
April 15, 2021
Ep 6 - How the Ugandan Asians became the problem of the international community
Sara shares her academic journey in this episode. She also explains the international dispersal policies for the Ugandan Asians at that time. “When the British government realised this crisis was happening, they wanted to disperse them all to the Falkland Islands.”
31:48
March 31, 2021
Ep 5 - The privilege of being children of three continents and prisoners of none
Raju reflects warm-heartedly on his youth, growing up in Kampala. He shines a light on the relations between the different communities and races there. “It’s astonishing, isn’t it?  . . . In the 15 years of my life in Uganda, I never stepped into an African home.”
31:35
March 14, 2021
Ep 4 - My Story
"My father was 58 years old. He wasn’t planning to go anywhere. Leaving Uganda was the last thing on his mind.” Starting afresh in Britain with nothing was no mean feat for Dolar and her family.  After a short stint in a refugee camp, they were resettled in Harlow, Essex. In a hostile place, with a cold climate and unfriendly people, Dolar found solace in sport.  “It came naturally to me and it was something I was always good at.”
34:24
March 01, 2021
Ep 3 - UG to UK to NL
"When the string breaks, the patang/kite goes in the direction of the wind and you don't have any control of it. That's what happened to us. We found ourselves on a new continent, in a new country, with a different climate, culture, colour and context ... Alles was veranderd.” (Everything had changed) In 2010, three generations of Rohit’s family went back to Uganda, tracing and documenting their family history, from India, to Uganda, to the Netherlands.
20:45
February 15, 2021
Ep 2 - U to U to U
Ashok speaks about how his carefree life in Kampala, Uganda was suddenly disrupted in August 1972. His family arrived in England as refugees, and after months in a resettlement camp, they started a new life in Bedfordshire. “It’s an act of god which country you’re born in. Having the right passport can make life much easier.”
30:03
January 31, 2021
Ep 1 - From Uganda to ??
Zane Lalani lived a settled life in Uganda until a day in 1972, when Idi Amin ordered all Asians to leave Uganda within 90 days. Zane shares his story of how he and his family were forced to flee. They were flown out, not knowing where the plane was heading.
22:56
January 13, 2021