Abduhl Sheikh

Born: 10th March 1942

Nairobi, Kenya

Date of interview: 24th May 2006

Map showing where Abduhl Sheikh came from

You said before you felt you were African, so do you still feel that way.

Yes, I still do and that will never go away. I've lived in a sort of cosmopolitan society. I've been brought up in society where you've got every religion, every creed, every type of person that is in the world in that country. While I was in Kenya, never ever did I feel that I'd been discriminated against. I'll be honest with you, been here since 1970, that's about thirty-six years now, never once have I ever been made to feel that this is my country. In fact, every time you switch the television on you get a message, a subtle message that this is not your country. So how do you reconcile that with the fact that the legal requirement as well as the moral requirement of this country is that you should be allowed in this country. How can you be loyal to this country that it's telling you openly, covertly, we don't want you. 'Specially after the invasion of Iraq and all that. It all got worse. If any country wants its people to be loyal then it should treat them as its people.

I mean, have no doubts, if there were say an emergency outside now, a house fell down or a flood came in I'll be first one to be out and helping out. In fact I do go and help out in various charities. Only last week and in this weather I was up in Reading park making up baskets, free baskets they sell for East Reading and all that and I had a lot of excess spare plants that I didn't want to throw away from my garden. We sold them over there for charity, still do. There's no need for me to do it, why should I? But I still do it. That's because it helps other human beings.