An oral history of Sunderland's Bangladeshi community.  

Our Roots, Our Journey, Our City

Supported by Living History North East 
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Through a series of oral history interviews, images and ephemera, the stories of Sunderland's Bangladeshi community are told.  From their early lives in Bangladesh, through their journeys to the UK and beginnings in Sunderland, to their hopes for the future, Our Roots, Our Journey, Our City charts the community's history, culture and identity. 
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Our Roots, Our Journey, Our City

In this video, people from Sunderland - both from within and outside the Bangladeshi community - speak about the Bangladeshi community's origins, the experience of migrating to the UK, and the challenges they've faced since settling in Sunderland.  

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Tafazzal Hussain

Tafazzal came to the UK when he was 11.  He went to Sunderland for the first time in 1980, and settled there in 1990.  He speaks about the difficulties the community faced while opening Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre. 

Syed Abdus Salam

Syed, known as Raja Miah, speaks about opening the first takeaways in Sunderland and the challenges the community faced.  

Faruq Ahmed

Faruq remembers  growing up in Saidpour, going to school via boat, and studying with a lamp when there was no electricity.  

Women of the World

Women of the World (WOW) talk about the origins of the group, and how they act as role models within the community.