Abduhl Sheikh

Born: 10th March 1942

Nairobi, Kenya

Date of interview: 24th May 2006

Map showing where Abduhl Sheikh came from

So how would you describe your childhood?

... Nice. Very good memories, some sad, but ... I would describe it as free, no restriction, no sense of danger, no fear of anything, secure and safe. Family life I would describe as very turbulent but most family lives are, you know, amongst the brothers and sisters. There were quite a few, sort of, I wouldn't call them fights, among us and of course most of us got a few clouts around the ears, you know, 'shut up' and all that, you know, children are there to be seen and not heard that sort of attitude, 'go out and play' but it came down to occasions the kids were there and whether you liked it or not you had to be there and the reason given that if you don't sit with us and listen to what's happening you will not learn what life is about so 'shut up, sit down, look and listen.' My father used to say a very wise word 'God has given every person two eyes, two ears and one mouth and the reason for it is to listen more, see more and talk less.' Very sound advice.