Memories of a Ugandan Refugee: Encounters of Hope From Kampala to Vancouver (Hardcover)

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Memories of a Ugandan Refugee: Encounters of Hope From Kampala to Vancouver (Hardcover)

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Forced to flee from one's homeland with only a few suitcases, most would be bitter. However, Memories of a Ugandan Refugee 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.

After completing a law degree and being called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1978, Jalal balances his work and family life with service to the Canadian Ismaili Muslim community. Taking on increasing senior leadership roles in the community, Jalal serves two terms as Chairman of the Ismaili Tariqah & Religious Education Board for Canada (ITREB) and is named the Mukhi of Darkhana of Canada in 2002. As he documents the blessings he receives through service, he also captures important history of the growth of Ismaili Muslim institutions both in Canada and internationally.

Filled with recollections and anecdotes - some meaningful and some humorous - of fascinating times, events, and people, as well as interesting reflections and moving poetry, Memories of a Ugandan Refugee is ultimately about one man's journey on this planet as he seeks to live life well and serve family and community.
Product Details ISBN: 9781039116146
ISBN-10: 1039116140
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication Date: March 14th, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English