The Yellow Bicycle
Welcome to the Time Travel Club’s activities to mark an event which happened in 1972 in Uganda, Africa. The leader of Uganda, President Idi Amin, told all the Asian people living there that they had to leave their homes forever. Over 28,000 people came to live and settle in the UK, making new lives for themselves.
To help you find out more, we have created a special video called ‘The Yellow Bicycle’. In this video Chandrika Joshi will tell you a story about what it was like to live through this time. The story is based on the experience of the Ugandan Asian people, but it will make you think what it might be like to leave the country you grew up in, journeys to new places and what ‘home’ means.
Watch Chandrika’s story, and afterwards you can take part in some creative activities to help you explore the themes from the video further.
This video is part of the British Ugandan Asians 50 project.
The Yellow Bicycle
Follow on document activity
Here is part of a document from the archives. Write down the answers or chat to someone at home:
- What can you see? (Tip: look everywhere on the document for as many things as you can spot)
- When do you think it was made?
- What type of document is it?
Scroll down to see the full document. Can you guess what type of document this is now? Think about where you might see a picture with a caption [description] underneath.
This document comes from a magazine article at the time. It was photocopied which is why the quality is not very good. The magazine was called The Christian Science Monitor, 3rd January 1973. It is in The National Archives, document reference: HO 289/90. The picture shows Ugandan Asian children at school in a resettlement camp in West Malling, Kent. Schools were set up in the camps to help the children.
Challenge – why are the children smiling at the camera?
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