On August 4, 1972, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin issued a decree: All non-citizen Asians living in Uganda had 90 days to leave the country. Of about 80,000 people, around 28,000 went to the United Kingdom, making and building their lives in their colonizer’s homeland. Fifty years later, what does that mean for a second-generation British Ugandan Asian?

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The older you get, the more loss, knowledge and memory take on new significance. I contemplated that—plus a few other things—while roaming lonely lands among the oldest living organism on the planet: Bristlecone pine trees. 

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