Janet Collyer

Born: 14th August 1958

Kampala, Uganda

Date of interview: 12th September 2006

Map showing where Janet Collyer came from

Was this a change in government at the time?

No. It was still, you know the same government. Well there was a change in government every four years before. There was a military coup. Well not four years before no I ... Yeah I guess it was four years before there'd been a change of government. So the overthrown the military government had come in and they'd gradually started to dismantle the things that they didn't like. It was a time that the Asian community was being sort of forced to leave the country. He was just part of that. He had a lot of friends from the Asian community 'cause that was the business community. And so the people he dealt, many of the people he dealt with in business were from there. And my aunt, my uncle who died he was a minister in the previous government. So when it was overthrown he'd fled, and then my aunt and her five children I think she had then had all come to live with us. It's just something my family my father used to do ... just open their house and we'd all double up in bunk beds so that they, until he came back, he came back about a year later. 'Cause he was going on assurances. But then a year after that he had, he had died. So um ... it was quite a turbulent time.