On November 30th, the United Nations Climate Change Conference will begin in Paris. The purpose of the meetings, that will occur over two weeks, is to assess the progress made on combating climate change, and to work to set new goals. Over the next few weeks leading up to the conference, I hope to amplify an important part of the conversation on climate change: to … Continue reading Senator Mobina Jaffer: Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue
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The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, I draw your attention to the presence in the gallery of Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, the Aga Khan Development Network’s Resident Representative to Canada. He is accompanied by his wife, Ms. Karima Eboo. They are guests of the Honourable Senator Jaffer. On behalf of all senators, I welcome you to the Senate of Canada. Hon. Senators: Hear, hear! Hon. Mobina … Continue reading Senate of Canada welcomes Dr. Mahmoud Eboo and Ms. Karima Eboo – Senator Mobina Jaffer introduces Dr. Eboo
THE SENATE Wednesday, May 13, 2015 PAKISTAN BUS ATTACK IN KARACHI Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, I rise today with a very heavy heart. Very early this morning, I awoke to the news that 43 innocent Ismaili Muslims who were riding a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, were senselessly gunned down by six armed individuals who were dressed in police uniforms. They were my brothers and … Continue reading Statement by the Honourable Mobina S. B. Jaffer
“I like to be in Uganda and I might wish one day that I die in Uganda. I have got a very good business in Canada. I am one of the biggest poultry farmers in Canada.”
– Sherali Bandali Jaffer
By Richard M. Kavuma, All Africa. 9 JANUARY 2015
On December 27, 2014, Fairway hotel owner Sherali Bandali Jaffer died in Canada, aged 90. Jaffer, a former member of Uganda’s Parliament, was one of 80,000 Asians expelled by Idi Amin on August 4, 1972.
In an interview for a special report published in The Observer on August 4, 2005, Jaffer told Richard M Kavuma of his wish to die in Uganda. Jaffer’s wish may not have come true, but the fact that he was buried in Uganda this week shows how close the country was to his heart.
In this flashback, we revisit the life and times of Jaffer.
From behind his neat desk, Mr Sherali Bandali Jaffer, 81, labours to explain why he is in Uganda. Even some of his six children don’t understand him. It cannot be money, for they will ask how much it is that he can’t find in the West.
The Fairway hotel chairman will tell them: “I was born there; I have my friends there, my African friends, all attachment to Uganda.”
An inspiring story of one man’s love for all people; his loyalty to his country(s) – both Uganda and Canada, and his magnanimous spirit to forgive. “He had many contacts and found resources and ways to help people settle.” – Canadian Senator Mobina Jaffer, daughter of Sherali Bandali Jaffer By Bill Inglee and Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun December 28, 2014 A former Ugandan politician who … Continue reading Memoriam: Sherali Bandali Jaffer remembered for rescuing people expelled by Idi Amin regime
The body of the founder of Fairway Hotel and former Member of Parliament in Obote I government, Sherali Bandali Jaffer, will be flown into the country over the weekend. According to close family sources, the body will be transported from Vancouver, Canada, where he died last week and arrives at Entebbe Airport tomorrow, ahead of burial early next week. Rose Birungi, a close friend of … Continue reading Memoriam: Remains of Fairway Hotel founder to be flown back to Uganda
2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 87 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker Jamatkhana Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, I have risen in this chamber many times and talked about my journey to Canada. I have expressed my sincere gratitude to the Canadian people for welcoming my family, along with thousands of others Ugandan refugees who came to this … Continue reading Senator Mobina Jaffer introduces Ismaili Jamatkhana to the Canadian Senators
Honourable senators, the true appeal of the Aga Khan Museum lies not in the meditative gardens, glass domes or reflective pools that surround it. The true beauty lies in the concepts and ideologies the museum promotes, and in the message it sends to the world. Although Muslims constitute over a quarter of the world’s population, knowledge of Islam, particularly in Western societies, is extremely limited … Continue reading Senator Mobina Jaffer introduces Aga Khan Museum to the Canadian Senate
Occupation:Senator Country of Origin:Uganda City:Vancouver, B.C. Mobina Jaffer arrived in Vancouver in 1972 after she and her family were exiled from Uganda with “nothing but the clothes on our backs.” Today, she represents British Columbia in the Senate of Canada. She was the first Muslim senator, the first African-born senator and the first senator of South Asian descent. “I am grateful to my father, who … Continue reading Mobina Jaffer: 2014 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Winner
The Late Dr. Roshan Hirji Thomas
Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to a great friend and a great Canadian, Dr. Roshan Hirji Thomas of Vancouver. We both came here from Uganda. Roshan was one of two Canadians, along with Zeenab Kassam of Calgary, killed in Afghanistan.
Roshan was an optometrist, and with her ophthalmologist husband, Rahim Thomas, dedicated themselves for more than three decades to serving marginalized populations in Canada and around the world, including Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Roshan’s interest in education stemmed first from her own role as a mother and her desire for her children to have better opportunities than she did. Through her work, she realized that this same hope united all mothers and fathers, irrespective of their apparent external differences.
In 2003, Roshan travelled to Afghanistan and opened an Early Childhood Development Centre in Kabul: The Sparks Academy. The program has grown to encompass six centres, with 900 boys and girls currently enrolled. Continue reading “Statement in Canadian Senate on Roshan Thomas”
On March 20, 2014, Zeenab Kassam and Roshan Thomas, both Canadians volunteering in Afghanistan, were brutally gunned down by several Taliban. I will speak of Roshan Thomas at another time. That same day, Zeenab’s family in Calgary was informed about her murder. Zeenab Kassam was born in Zanzibar to an esteemed family. Her great grandfather was Vazir Saleh and her grandfather was Count Mohammed Varas. … Continue reading Senator Mobina Jaffer’s Blog: Remembering Zeenab Kassam
2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 40 Tuesday, March 4, 2014 The Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Speaker pro tempore His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan Address to Parliament Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, on Thursday, February 27, we welcomed His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to the Parliament of Canada, where he delivered a historic address to the joint session of Parliament, … Continue reading Senator Mobina Jaffer delivers Statement in the Senate Chamber on His Highness the Aga Khan’s recent address to parliament
Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a non-profit organization that serves immigrant women and children, particularly those who have been victims of abuse and violence. IWSO is having their 25th Anniversary Celebration event on March 6th 2014. Senator Mobina Jaffer – a prominent member of not only the Canadian parliament, but also the Ismaili community – will add immense value to the event with her presence. … Continue reading Senator Mobina Jaffer to Chair IWSO’s 25th Anniversary Gala