Shabana Sheikh

Born: 1950

Pakistan, India

Date of interview: 11th May 2006

Map showing where Shabana Sheikh came from

What time of year was that?

Well it was in late March, it was freezing, I was so cold and you know when you are young you don't think it's cold, we wore open shoes and you know, no jumpers, you know sleeveless and all that, it was really cold, but I didn't mind because I thought you know we are here on holidays, make the most of it.

My mother-in-law said 'Oh try to find a job here and I don't want you to go back and your dad can come here as well.' My husband said 'No I don't like, it's too cold you know and I don't think I will be able to stay here I want to go back.' Then my sister-in-law explained him you know that is Kenya you know we don't know what the future is going to be there and it will be better for you to have your children here and they can go to better schools and you can have a better job and you try to find a job here.

So it was winter time and he couldn't get a job. He kept looking for one then he found a job in London somewhere and he went for the interview and he managed to go on the train and he got a job there and he had to stay there because he couldn't travel back every day, so he said 'Okay we'll find a room there and so we can move there.' He worked there for a week, he came home weekend and then he went back he did another week he left the job and came he didn't even give them a notice anything he didn't collect his wages he says 'I can't stay there I'm not staying there' he says, 'I'm going back,' he says 'Mum I'm packing and I'm going back I can't live here.'