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WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS (1) SHAHNAZ’S STORY - The David Oluwale Memorial Association
The work Remember Oluwale did with the Leeds carnival took the theme All Ah We Are Migrants. As we said in our postcard, distributed at the carnival, ‘every human has a migration story’. To illustrate this theme, we are posting a series of interviews about migration to Britain over the past 50 years or so. In this first posting, our student placement Heena Siddiqi records the interview she did with her mum. Shahnaz’s Migration Story Shahnaz Ali was born in Pakistan and came to England with her family, at the age of 3, in the summer of 1965 and grew up in Bradford. Heena Siddiqi (her daughter) interviewed Shahnaz to get an insight into her life, and her migration story and also what she remembers of her parents’ life living in England being Pakistani. When discussing with Shahnaz what she remembers from her parents migration experience she told me “My father Ali Mohammed took up the voucher scheme that the British offered to men in India and Pakistan at the time to come and work in Britain.” Talking of her early days , Shahnaz said: “My very early memories were being mostly scared. …