My mother is from Princes Town, Trinidad and my father is from Hyderabad, Pakistan. On both sides, mass migrations were a reality due to colonial India rule. Ancestors on my mother’s side migrated to Trinidad as indentured labourers, and when the British left India, tensions between Hindus and Muslims resulted in the formation of Pakistan, and my father traveled from his birthplace to the new nation. If India is a tree, these migrations could be seen as branches. We have the same roots, yet not everyone sees it that way hence prejudice from my paternal South Asian relatives to my Caribbean mother and her children. -Noreen Farooqui, Toronto, Canada #Trinidad #Pakistan #indenturedlabour
Video clip is from when Humans of the Caribbean Diaspora interviewed Noreen.