On the lead-up to the expulsions
At the beginning [after Idi Amin came to power] we weren’t worried that we would be expelled. That was never, ever in our in our psyche. We thought we would go through a difficult period. And then in 1972, in June, before everything else happened, the army, whom my Dad was very connected to, warned him that he had better disappear. And a lot of my Dad’s friends had started disappearing. And so my Dad — he’s never really told us [about the circumstances] — but he escaped. He escaped and came to England [where her mother was staying and Jaffer and a sister were studying]. So our problems started in June 1972. But then life was usual. Yes, my Dad had to run away, but none of us really believed we would be expelled [from the country]. I returned to Uganda in August for my brother-in-law’s wedding — that’s when we heard an announcement that the government had asked all Asians to leave. The army turned up looking for me and my husband. He would not let them take me. So they took him.
On luck and connections
For years I had nightmares. Two army men at [my husband’s] head with rifles and two pointing at his stomach. And they forcibly took him in a jeep. We thought that was the end of my husband but happily the police turned up — they were very close to my father-in-law and they insisted on taking him to the police barracks. At the end of the day, happily, my husband came home. We were so fortunate. When a person was taken away, they disappeared.
On choosing Canada
My Dad said he had decided to come to Canada because he believed that Canada is a place where his grandchildren will not be deported; that the same fate will not happen to them. And, you know, he had opportunities to go to many other countries, but he chose Canada. He came [via England] in 1974. And in 1975, my husband and I came to Canada.