story icon Uganda, it was not my motherland; it was an adopted country.

Contributed by: Suresh Ruparala
1950 - 2006


Suresh Ruparala was born in a town called Soroti in the east of Uganda.

Studying until 1962 he then joined his fatherís shop business in the village of Kituntu in Uganda. Aged 29 he had to leave the country with his family and fled to England. His sisterís family had to go to Canada, because her husband did not have a British passport.

Hear Suresh retell his memories of fleeing from Uganda having to stay in a camp in Sussex for 3 months resettling in Sheffield, finding work and starting his own business selling ice cream, before moving and making Leicester his home.


 Suresh Ruparala talks about education and their family business in Kituntu village, Uganda
Suresh Ruparala talks about education and their family business in Kituntu village, Uganda Read the transcript
Suresh Ruparala talks about his memories when he heard the expulsion news and deciding what to do
Suresh Ruparala talks about his memories when he heard the expulsion news and deciding what to do Read the transcript
Suresh Ruparala talks about his sister family had to move to Canada and his journey to England
Suresh Ruparala talks about his sister's family move to Canada and his journey to England Read the transcript
 Suresh Ruparala talks about arriving in England and life in a camp
Suresh Ruparala talks about arriving in England and life in a camp Read the transcript
Suresh Ruparala talks about settling in Sheffield, finding work and deciding to move to Leicester
Suresh Ruparala talks about settling in Sheffield, finding work and deciding to move to Leicester Read the transcript
Suresh Ruparala talks about Leicester being home and missing Uganda
Suresh Ruparala talks about Leicester being home and missing Uganda Read the transcript

Suresh Ruparala

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