An Evening with Bharti Dhir

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Forty people, from a wide diversity of worldviews, gathered at our small Newbury Meeting House for an evening with Bharti Dhir on March 31st. Bharti started life as a foundling in Uganda and was adopted by a Punjabi/Sikh family. She was 12 when her family, with 80.000 other Asians, were expelled from Uganda by the ruthless dictator Idi Amin in 1972. Some, including her family, arrived in the UK and were located in a camp at Greenham Common.

Since that time many challenges followed her in the UK. She describes her story in her book ‘Worth’. It captures the spirit in her that has emerged and is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. She is now a social-worker in Reading, specialising in child protection.

The introduction of her book says, “If my journey helps to restore even the smallest sense of belief that no matter what life throws at you, you’re valuable and loved it will have been worthwhile”. Although not a Quaker, her life experience inspired us to look into our own lives and see what our own inner strengths might be.

If you would like to have a similar event in your Meeting House, please be in touch with Howard and Maria Grace.

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