Two 59-year-olds from Yorkshire charged with far-right terror offences

A man and woman, aged 59 from the Yorkshire area, were charged following an intelligence-led investigation into far-right terrorism last week.

Counter Terrorism Policing North East led the investigation, arresting Darren Reynolds of Newbould Crescent in Sheffield and Christine Grayson of Boothwood Road in York.

Darren Reynolds is accused of a Section 1 offence under the Terrorism Act 2006, three offences under Section 2 of the same act (dissemination of a Terrorist Publication), and six offences per Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2006 (which concerns the alleged possession of materials contain information that may likely to be useful to an individual committing an act of terrorism). A further charge concerns an alleged conspiracy to commit criminal damage.

Christine Grayson faces one charge – a Section 1 offence under the Terrorism Act 2006 and an alleged offence concerning conspiracy to commit criminal damage.

The arrests occurred on August 22.

Both parties were remanded into custody following a court appearance via video-link before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 27 (Saturday), with the next court hearing scheduled for September 30.


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Categories: Far Right groups, News, terrorism, Yorkshire

Revealed: Cllr Steve Flood retweeted call for ban on kosher and halal slaughter

A Tell MAMA investigation has unearthed more inflammatory anti-Muslim and discriminatory social media content from an Ipswich councillor suspended from the local Conservative party.

Councillor Steve Flood, who now sits as an Independent for the ward of Sprites, retweeted from the @steveflood3 account content that read, “I do not believe Islam should be allowed in the UK” and “ISLAM DOES NOT ALLOW FREE SPEECH and it is being allowed to grow from strength to strength in Britain”.

Flood had listed “borough conservative councillor” on their Twitter bio.

The local Conservative MP Tom Hunt called the retweets “cleary Islamophobic” and had no place in a mainstream political party, the East Anglian Daily Times reported.

The content seen by Tell MAMA and shared with local Conservatives in Ipswich and forwarded to party head office included retweeting content that called for a ban on halal and kosher slaughter, a total ban on immigration, and conspiracies about halal meat labelling. And boosting an inflammatory racialised falsehood that read, “A mainly Muslim Army is being ushered into our Country by the HOUR! Fit, Adult, young Men. Legions of them, from all Cultures and Countries, of which we know NOTHING! 40K so far since 2021. Remember, our own ARMY has just under 80K. Our National Security is in grave Danger!”.

Evidence of Cllr Steve Flood retweeting calls for a ban on kosher and halal slaughter in the UK.

The anti-Muslim falsehood as retweeted by Cllr Steve Flood.

The image used in the original tweet was a photograph of refugees in Calais, taken in 2018.

Examples of the anti-Muslim and Islamophobic retweets that resulted in Cllr Flood’s suspension from the local Conservative party.

Anti-LGBT+ content found by Tell MAMA included a retweet from Cllr Flood from an account holder who called Pride a “sexual deviancy fest” and from a separate account that claimed, “Pride is now just a celebration of perverts, narcissists and pedo apologists.”

Anti-LGBT content Cllr Flood retweeted before locking their Twitter account.

Councillor Flood tweeted statements like “A once great country is being destroyed, by welcoming illegal immigrants” and “You are all paying for illegal immigrants, at £5,000,000 a day and rising,” blaming them for failures to secure dental appointments, rentals, or hospital appointments.

A conspiracy about halal meat labelling appeared on Cllr Flood’s Twitter timeline.

Other councillors documented their misuse of Twitter in 2021 to spread anti-Muslim falsehoods.

In a statement, the Conservative Association said: “On Friday morning the Ipswich Conservative Association suspended Councillor Steve Flood following allegations that appeared in the press on Thursday.

“The suspension includes removal of the whip from the Conservative group at the borough council.”

A meeting on Wednesday (August 24) will decide the future of Steve Flood in the Conservative party.

We continue to offer all councils and local authorities bespoke training on social media best practices and digital trends around anti-Muslim hate and Islamophobia.



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Categories: Conservative Party, discrimination, Halal, Kosher, News

New report links racial discrimination to a higher risk of premature babies

A new study by Cambridge University researchers suggests that pregnant women who experience racial discrimination in the health service are at a greater risk of giving birth prematurely.

The wide-ranging review and meta-analysis draw a range of existing research to expand on previous findings, including disproportionate maternal death rates for Black and Asian women (more than four to two times higher, respectively) in the UK. For Black and Indigenous women in the United States, maternal death rates are two to three times higher than those of white women.

The academics noted that their research aligns “with existing evidence on perceived racial discrimination as an important risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes”. They further connected the pervasive nature of racism in people’s daily lives has “far-reaching implications on the experiences of racialised individuals” in other ways outside of health – from employment to adequate housing, education, employment and poverty. And they called for a deeper, intersectional understanding of the socioeconomic factors that underpin racialised poverty.

One of the co-authors of the report, Kim van Daalen, a Gates Cambridge and PhD candidate at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, said: “Dismantling structures and policies that enable institutional and interpersonal racial discrimination, underlying racial and ethnic disparities in health and intersecting social inequalities, is essential to improve overall health in societies.

Partnerships of health care professionals with community-based reproductive justice and women’s health organisations who work in this area can improve health for racialised women in a community-centred way.”

Last month, a wide-ranging and important report from the APPG on Muslim Women revealed a shocking “culture of maternity abuse”. Examples included blame put on women for ‘putting their babies at risk’ as a Black Muslim woman described having to get a C-section due to apparent FGM. Some examples of racist behaviour were overt – as a midwife told a Black woman in labour, “All you people do is make babies”. Others described stigmatising, racialised assumptions remarks about breastfeeding.

Examples of microaggressions occurred across different staff, with Muslim women who wear the hijab as “aggressive” when asserting themselves after having their concerns and questions belittled or outright ignored. Some women described removing their headscarves so staff would listen to them – as an Indian Muslim woman described how to avoid bullying from staff during her second pregnancy, she did not wear her headscarf in the hospital. Microaggressions would only stop in some cases when Muslim patients revealed they, too, were doctors.

A lack of dignity and respect appeared regularly in the report, as did the feeling of ‘invisibility’ when raising health-related concerns (symptoms like sepsis, hypertension and excessive blood loss). Medical staff denied women opportunities to provide informed consent and pressured them into having induced labour, to the outright denial of receiving pain relief.

The APPG report revealed a hierarchical approach to healthcare for Muslim women, noting that those receiving the poorest care were “Black African, Bangladeshi, Arab, Asian Other women and mixed Ethnic Black / White women”. The reports’ responses from over 892 women revealed that Muslim women were more likely to have induced labour but less likely to receive the necessary pain relief. They were also more likely to have an instrumental birth or emergency caesarean and experience more profound blood loss and prolonged labours. In addition, a disproportionate number of women experienced stillbirths or neonatal deaths.

More broadly, audits of ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in the NHS Maternity and Perinatal Care reveal that when compared to women from other ethnic backgrounds, Black women had higher occurrences of births without any intervention or pain relief.

Muslim women spoke about such traumas in the Huff Post and OpenDemocracy.

In May, the BBC reported on racism in maternity care, drawing on another significant report that detailed how Black and brown women felt physically and psychologically unsafe during their care and interviewed women who described harrowing experiences.



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Muslim man assaulted and called a “f****** terrorist” as he walked to a mosque

The Metropolitan Police are reviewing evidence, including CCTV footage, following a shocking unprovoked assault on a Muslim man who was on his way to pray in the E1 area of London.

Tell MAMA has liaised with the police on their behalf following the attack on July 25, including requesting updates about the ongoing investigation.

Wishing to maintain their anonymity, he informed Tell MAMA of his desire to see those responsible caught to prevent them from harming other Muslims.

Recalling the anti-Muslim attack, he mentioned how after leaving a bus, he passed a pub where, unbeknownst to him, the perpetrator stood.

The perpetrator, described as a white male in their mid-to-late 40s, followed and began abusing him before assaulting him with punches and kicks.

The racist language included statements like, “You are a f****** terrorist; what are you doing in this country? Shall I give you some pig to eat?”.

Injuries included a broken nose and bruising to an arm and shoulder, adding that he felt targeted due to his ethnicity and religious clothing.

More broadly, academic research on racialisation and Islamophobia point out that constructions of Muslims reside in the names, phenotypes, religious clothing or other religious identifiers, impacts of which can result in discrimination or violence.

In previous research reports and anonymised case studies, we documented the targeting of Muslim men – including acts of violence and discrimination. Examples include those called a “beardo paedo“, the P-word, or securitised as “potential terrorists” in a discriminatory manner.

We continue to provide holistic support and will endeavour to provide further updates on this case where possible.

Tell MAMA provides safety advice for individuals and mosques found on our Resources page.

You can get advice from our confidential and free helpline on 0800 456 1226. Or through our free iOS or Android apps. Report through our online form. Or contact us via WhatsApp on 0734 184 6086.



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Categories: E1, hate crime, London, News, terrorist, thobe

Muslim woman awarded payout over workplace harassment, including being told to wear ‘tighter clothes’

A Muslim woman who faced sexual and anti-Muslim harassment from a previous employer has received £27,715.56 from an Employment Tribunal.

The woman, who is not legally identified, according to MyLondon News, had worked for an organic retailer called Elisa Organic and Whole Foods in the summer of 2021.

She described verbal abuse, threats, and harassment about her Muslim identity – including being told to remove her hijab and to wear ‘tighter clothes and makeup’.

Her witness statement described the toll such abuse and harassment had on her. Examples included throwing rotting produce at her and how the employer, identified as Engin Babur, made classist remarks about her accent and would bang his fist on the countertop. And in one shocking example, he was alleged to have pointed a kitchen knife he was using at her and said, “I have had enough of your b******t”.

Upon leaving, the woman added that Mr Babur used racist language towards her and said how you “should not mess with a Turk”.

Other claims won include a failure to provide the woman with an employment contract, a failure to pay wages and holiday pay entitlements and conduct that would have allowed her to have left the employer without notice. The company no longer exists, and the property remains vacant, where the allegations arose.

The experience caused her lasting traumas and anxieties and depression.

At Tell MAMA, we provide assistance and advocacy on matters concerning employment discrimination, including providing a free advice guide and tool kit. Over six months, we have successfully assisted with sixteen positive outcomes related to employment-related issues reported to our service.

The ACAS support line is there to help employers and employees with workplace-related issues.


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Categories: discrimination, Employment Tribunal, Hijab, London, News, sexual harassment

Refugee subjected to horrific racist violence, called a “F****** Black man”

A Black Muslim refugee faced horrific racist, anti-Black violence in southeast London, resulting in a deep head wound after being called a “F****** Black man” by a group of racist men.

After reaching out to Tell MAMA, we provided support and offered a tailor-made service to them with updates to the investigation.

Following an email incident report update to us, the Met Police confirmed that they initially took no further action, citing a lack of CCTV in the area, which we successfully challenged. And upon further review, they informed us of the decision to close the case because they could not trace the suspects and encouraged our service user to avoid walking in that area again.

To protect their identity, we are not disclosing further details. Still, we can confirm the assault occurred on June 16, when four white males subjected our service user to anti-Black racism before assaulting him.

Photographs shared with our service detail how the racist attack left them with a deep laceration on their skull, resulting in hospitalisation. They confirmed to our Casework Team that they have no memory of the attack.

Several upstanders helped our service user following the racist attack until paramedics arrived at the scene.

As a confidential third-party service, we exercised our capacity to liaise further with the Met Police on their behalf and push for the attack to be re-investigated.

We are also providing translation assistance within our existing emotional support structures.

From the perspective of our Director Iman Atta, we have assisted refugees for many years in various ways – including advocacy work with housing associations and local authorities.

She said: “It remains of great concern that those most vulnerable are having to navigate various bureaucracies whether trying to find adequate housing away from racist neighbours or navigating reporting hate crime to the police.

Such barriers are often compounded by a lack of multilingual language support or a lack of oversight or care about how they navigate the complexities of various support systems. We encourage others to get in touch with our service as we accept referrals and can provide signposting.

Our service user was on the receiving end of racist, anti-Black violence because of their identity and struggled to engage with the police further due to language barriers we helped them overcome. We will continue to advocate until we can get a just outcome and hopefully hold those responsible accountable.”

As authorised advocates, we liaised with the Met Police on their behalf, who revealed to us in late July that there was no CCTV of the attack. Nor did it prove possible to retrieve forensics when they followed up and drove him to the scene. However, officers reassured the man to contact them if he came across the perpetrator, as they confirmed that they did not know their attacker, nor had they seen them since.

Over the years, we have evidenced in annual reports the racialised targeting of Muslim refugees – from racist hate and violence in public areas to one high-profile case of helping to get a vulnerable refugee re-housed after advocating on their behalf with the local authorities after evidencing to them the sustained campaign of racist harassment and abuse faced from a neighbour.

We have previously reported how Devon and Cornwall Police investigated an anti-Muslim assault on a teen who wears the hijab in Plymouth. Other case studies we have published include the racialised targeting of refugees online and offline impacts on Muslim communities at home and in public spaces, including on public transport.

We continue to provide support as our service user remains fearful of further racist violence as another refugee faced violence in the same area.





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Categories: anti-Black violence, hate crime, London, MET Police, News, refugee

FBI, Albuquerque police seek ‘vehicle of interest’ linked to murders of four Shia Muslim men

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are desperately working to trace a vehicle linked to the ‘ambush-style’ murder of four Shia Muslim men.

The American Muslim Bar Association called for increased security at mosques during Ashura, stating that all four victims were Shia Muslims.

The names of the deceased are Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, Aftab Hussein, 41, and twenty-five-year-old Naeem Hussain.

Three of the murders occurred in the last two weeks as police look at connections to an unsolved murder from last year.

“While we are still sifting through all the evidence to look for more connections, it is deeply troubling that these three men were Muslim and of similar descent,” according to Kyle Hartsock, the deputy commander of Albuquerque Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

The local FBI is also assisting with the investigation, instructing the public to report anything they see of interest, no matter how small or insignificant they perceive.

Muhammad Afzaal Hussain and Aftab Hussein (each murder victim attending the same mosque) came from Pakistan. Their killings occurred just days apart: the murder of Hussain occurred on August 1, with Aftab Hussein’s killing on July 26, per the Albuquerque Journal.

The murder of 62-year-old Mohammed Ahmadi occurred last November behind the halal market he owned alongside his brother, murdered by a single gunshot to his head. Ahmadi and his brother fled Afghanistan in the 1980s and settled in Albuquerque in the 1990s after spending time in Pennsylvania. Hadi spoke of his brother’s excellent cooking skills and that “everybody loved him”.

The understandable levels of fear mean some are not leaving their homes, seeking (or have done so) to leave the state or quitting jobs. For example, an unidentified member of the Islamic Center of New Mexico told the New York Times how they feared attending the mosque. Worshippers have since minimised activities outside their homes and use a “buddy system” if venturing outside.

Police described what connects all three murders was how each man was “ambushed with no warning, fired on and killed”.

At a news conference yesterday (August 7), police confirmed that they “are putting every possible resource into these investigations.”

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham tweeted: “We will continue to do everything we can to support to the Muslim community of Albuquerque and greater New Mexico during this difficult time.You are New Mexicans, you are welcomed here, and we stand with you.”

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both strongly supported Muslims across the United States and in Albuquerque in statements, condeming the hateful killings.

Police have provided transcripts of the press conferences and reassurance messages in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and Dari.

Former Española Mayor Javier Sanchez, who had hired Hussain as a planning director, described him as “a soul that was untouched by anything. He was just a really good man.” For Mayor John Ramon Vigil, “Muhammad was soft-spoken and kind, and quick to laugh”.

A friend of Naeem Hussain told the press: “He was a really kind person and no reason for someone to kill him like this”.

Tahir Gauba, a spokesperson for the Islamic Center of New Mexico, gave more heartbreaking details about the murders – including that the killing of the fourth victim occurred after they had attended the funeral of two previous victims. His brother-in-law Ehsan Shahalami described how Naaem had fled Pakistan because of his Shia identity and had only recently gained US citizenship.

A friend of Mohammad Ahmadi wrote: “He was kind and generous and I will miss him forever.”

Iftikhar Amirjan, a friend of Aftab Hussein, spoke of the significant loss of their friend, who was like a brother to him – and their plans to return to Pakistan to marry and bring his wife with him before buying a house and becoming a father. The Albuquerque Journal added that Hussein’s brother had flown in from the UK.

Amidst the panic and communal grief, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said: “Our senior affairs department and our community safety department is going to be providing meals as long as we need, to anyone who needs a meal who is affected by this tragedy”.

On Facebook, the Islamic centre said: “We urge everyone to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings including making sure that you are not being followed home and avoid walking alone at night”. The message stressed the safety of worshippers who reside in the southern part of the city “where these killings have taken place”. In addition, those wanting to access the mosque at certain prayer times informed members of the necessity of requesting FOB key access.

Tell MAMA has general safety advice in English, Urdu, Arabic and other languages that we always encourage the public to download and access.

We will update our news story with further developments when they become publicly available – but for now, please follow the Albuquerque Police Department (@ABQPOLICE) for ongoing developments and how to share appeals for information.

If you require a holistic, supportive listening ear, given the tragic murders in Albuquerque, we are here to listen, and you may wish to consult our counselling service.


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Categories: Albuquerque, Muslim, News, Shia, United States

Racist mental health nurse struck off for discriminatory views of Muslim, migrant, and Polish communities

A misconduct panel has struck off a racist mental health nurse who posted discriminatory materials on social media and made discriminatory remarks in the presence of colleagues, some of whom were of minority ethnic backgrounds.

An Asian colleague of Sarah Hewston, who worked at the Dorothy Pattison Hospital in the Walsall Crisis Team in the West Midlands, gave evidence to the panel and described how the comments negatively impacted them. It included examples of when Ms Hewston made racist comments like “immigrants and Asian males carry out acid attacks and then cry racist without taking responsibility”.

That colleague, identified in the 64-page report from the Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practise Committee as Witness 2, was also shown a dehumanising and discriminatory meme about the burqa, which Ms Hewston wanted to be banned.

Nor did the panel accept her claim that it was “humour banter” as it was wholly inappropriate.

The panel dismissed her claim that such an opinion was clinical (a desire to see patients’ faces) but between colleagues and discriminatory and not born from a professional judgement.

Other racist and discriminatory comments Sarah Hewston made criminalised Asian, Polish, and migrant communities, including calling for the deportation of Polish communities. She told two colleagues that “Polish and/or foreigners generally come over here with expectations, that there are too many of them, something needs to stop it and send them back”.

Other discriminatory comments included that all Asian males are involved in criminal acts of grooming, which left her Asian colleague (again, Witness 2) speechless and that she blamed Muslim, Asian, and Polish communities for acid attacks. Her colleague, in evidence, described how the harmful comments left him feeling ‘vulnerable’. He said, in evidence, “I am an Asian male, and so I went quiet at this point. I was speechless…I felt really uncomfortable about the whole situation…this conversation made me think about whether she felt the same about me she felt about Asian males in general”.

Other discriminatory comments included, “Eastern Europeans use the UK welfare system to their advantage”.

Hewston shared an antagonistic meme towards Muslim communities, which read, “I am proud to English” with a photograph of a bacon sandwich and “How many people dare to like and share it?”. The panel found this to be racist. Despite not mentioning Muslims explicitly, the totality of their social media conduct pointed to a pattern that “displayed clear prejudicial themes and attitudes towards Islam and members of the Muslim faith,” which Witness 2 also described as racist.

The panel also ruled against Hewston after she shared a dehumanising meme of Muslim women in face veils as umbrellas (such examples Tell MAMA has highlighted previously).

A further ruling concerned a meme posted to offend Muslim communities that read, “Respect Ramadan no bikinis”.

A further racist post linked Muslims to incest as Witness 3, the investigation manager at the Trust oversaw a review of their anti-Muslim posts. The panel agreed with their findings: “He was of the view that your social media posts were racist. This is consistent with the panel’s view, and it further identified a common theme that reflects a racist ideology towards people of the Muslim faith”.

In reaching their misconduct findings, the panel stated that the panel her actions “demonstrated a serious departure from the fundamental tenets of nursing practice”.

The interim suspension order of 18 months appeared online on June 30.

In concluding their findings, the panel revealed the necessity of a striking-off order, adding, “actions were significant departures from the standards expected of a registered nurse and are fundamentally incompatible with you remaining on the register”.


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50 years on, No-one Talks About the Trauma that Affected Ugandan Asians

50 years to the day, Ugandan strongman and dictator – Idi Amin, proclaimed that Ugandan Asians had 90 days to leave the country. At a sweep, three to four generations of Ugandan Asians were made stateless and many looked to Britain to provide them with a safe place where they could resettle to.

My parents were two such people. Faiz Ahmed Mughal and Rafaat Sitara Mughal, left Uganda in August 1972. My mother was born in Mbale and her family had lived there for nearly 40 years. She used to speak to me of places such as Fort Portal, Jinja, Mbale and Kampala, reminiscing about the beauty, peace and strong cohesion between Asian communities in Uganda at the time.

My father told me of the possessions that were taken away from them, when they entered Entebbe airport, of the body searches that he endured and the disdain that Ugandan soldiers showed towards those exiting the country with them. This disdain had been whipped up by Amin who had publicly stated that Ugandan Asians ‘had milked the cow’ that had sustained them. Effectively, he blamed them for social policy failures that previous Governments and his were responsible for. We all know that when politicians fail, they blame others. However, Amin was not just any politician; he was a dangerous egotistical dictator, whose actions were to lead to more than 300,000 Ugandans dying because of his decisions.

Both my parents were proud people who had worked in professional jobs, my father – an electrical engineer and my mother – a teacher. Yet, when they sat in Entebbe, all they had in their pockets were 5 Ugandan Schillings, about 25 pence in today’s money. My father would tell me later in life that soldiers even tried to take away the bottle of milk that fed me, though some guards took pity and left me to suck on the rubber teat. I am pretty sure that as an 18 month old baby, I would have felt the fear, trauma and trepidation that my parents felt and which the environment gave off. It is this fear, trauma and trepidation that stayed with me far too long in my life. I am pretty sure it is something that filtered into many families in different shapes and form, never to be talked about or highlighted apart from within the closed recesses of the minds of those affected.

On landing in the U.K my parents were housed in RAF Stradishall, a military camp that saw action in the Second World War. My mother would tell me about how some of the Asian women were fed up of the food that was given to them so they got permission to cook dhals and curries in the camp kitchen, that made them feel that little bit closer to their cultural roots and give them a sense of grounding. As winter drew on, my father told me that he hated the dark nights and cold days and that the environment was one where he wanted to get back to Africa again. He felt an emotional ‘coldness’ in the U.K. that was then amplified by the physical cold of the environment.

Impacts of Trauma

Much is discussed about how successful Ugandan Asians have been in the U.K and this cannot be denied. Yet, these are a handful of stories of many that have included poverty, hard work, crises of identities and internalised traumas around safety and security which other British Asians of Ugandan heritage have felt.

Many subsequent generations of Ugandan Asians regard themselves as coming from ‘working class backgrounds’, of having to overcome racism and prejudice and of carrying a feeling of dislocation – a kind of wandering soul longing for something. The latter is what I felt for over 4 decades, and I have finally come to the conclusion that ‘home’ is where you have the people that love you. It is not so much a physical space, as a space where kindness, empathy, unconditional positive regard and care exist.

I remember the constant fear around security and personal safety that mother felt which was introjected into me. I felt her dislocation, something that affected my sense of identity and my sense of where ‘home’ was. Was I Asian, African, British or of Pakistani heritage?These were some of the thoughts that went through my head as I grew up. I saw her reminisce about Uganda, about how her most happiest moments were there and how life was hard in Britain, particularly when she arrived. I also learnt over many decades that I am made up of many identities, that I am Asian, African, British and someone who has longed for acceptance and a ‘place’. I look towards all of these identities, as having shaped my experiences, my drives and my passion to experience the pluralism that travel provides.

The most difficult emotional impacts of the dislocation from Uganda impacted on my mother’s sense of personal safety. This filtered towards us as children through the constant calls to check how we were, the acute fears that if we were not home on time then we must have been attacked, killed or harmed in some way. Then there was the constant checking on locks, windows and doors. It was a trauma pattern that had become exacerbated by the action of Amin and the traumatic ejection from Uganda. She was caught in a loop which never healed, of a psyche that felt unsafe.

So, 50 years on and in the coming months, we will hear much about the experiences of Ugandan Asians, their triumphs, their pain and the obstacles that they overcame. We will see successful businesspeople lay their success at what Britain gave them. No-one can deny that this country has given much to people of Ugandan Asian heritage like myself. Of that, there is no doubt. Yet, you will hear very little, in fact, next to nothing of the inter-generational impacts of the trauma of Amin’s expulsion, which lives on in many forms.

This is why, I am one of the very few British Asians of Ugandan heritage who is speaking about trauma and the legacy of Amin’s racism. Amin’s tentacles of hate must not reach another generation and one way of healing, is to talk about the impacts of trauma on the emotional and mental health well-being of British Asians of Ugandan heritage. I will keep speaking so that others can feel that they have a space in which to discuss these issues. Healing only comes about by shining a light on the darkness. In this case, there is much that rests in the dark spaces that Amin created.

Fiyaz Mughal is the Founder of Faith Matters which has been supported by the Heritage Lottery to capture the refugee experiences of Ugandan Asians and the impacts that the dislocation had on their emotional and mental health and well-being. His family were expelled by Amin in 1972 and he was 18 months old when he arrived in the U.K. to be housed at RAF Stradishall.

If you want to talk about your experiences or if you are a child of those who arrived from Uganda in 1972, or if you are one of the first arrivals, get in touch via the ‘From East to West’ project on

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Categories: Faiz Ahmed Mughal, Idi Amin, Mental Health, RAF Stradishall, Rafaat Sitara Mughal, Trauma, Ugandan Asians

Police reveal hate crimes against Afghan refugees in Northampton

Northamptonshire Police have revealed that some settled Afghan refugees have faced hate crimes in the region.

Community Engagement officers met with some refugees housed in Northampton under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) last week (July 25).

The information session allowed for an open dialogue about the force’s work locally – covering topics like road safety, crime prevention, and where they can report crimes.

Nick Stevens, the hate crime adviser for the force, said in a press release: “Most people are very welcoming to those who have resettled in our communities, however sadly, some of the people who have been housed in the county are the victims of hate crime. It is important they know we are here to help.”

We have continued to highlight case studies and annual reports of how the racialised targeting of refugees online and offline impacts Muslim communities at home and in public spaces, including on public transport.

Northamptonshire Police is one of many police forces that Tell MAMA has partnerships with across the UK as one of only two independent third-party hate crime reporting services with data sharing agreements to help map and monitor anti-Muslim and Islamophobic hate crimes. As a result, we can liaise and advocate for those impacted by hate crimes with the police on their behalf (with their informed consent).

You can get advice from our confidential and free helpline on 0800 456 1226. Or through our free iOS or Android apps. Report through our online form. Or contact us via WhatsApp on 0734 184 6086.


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