Conversation between father and son, Prakash and Sunil, about how Prakash was forced to leave Uganda and move to the UK in 1972.
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BBC Radio Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent
Samani, Prakash, 1954- (male, publishing, retired), Samani, Sunil, 1983- (male, solicitor)
BBC Radio Stoke
Prakash talks to his son Sunil about the time he was forced to leave Uganda and move to the UK in 1972 following orders from Idi Amin. He describes arriving at Stansted Airport, how it was cold and grey and got dark early. They discuss the differences in their lives when they were 18 – for Prakash he became a father of seven but Sunil spent his time planning University and his birthday party – there was one similarity though, they did both record songs off the radio onto cassette tapes. They talk about how the family ended up in the Staffordshire Moorlands textile town of Leek and how they were the only Asian family there so they never experienced racial tensions.
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