This is three generations of women in my family.
The eldest woman in my family at 80 (my Bibi) the youngest little woman in my family soon to be 8, with my moms eldest sister and my moms youngest sister either side. I took this picture last year, weirdly in August too, and I've fished it out because of the conversation we were having at the time.
I'm blessed enough to still have my grandparents around me and I have roughly spent the last 10 years asking them loads of questions about their past, our family history and their immigration to England. The moment captured here was one of those conversations, and this time it was about the partition in India 70 years ago. My grandparents were 10 and 12 back then. My Bibi was telling us that it was complete chaos and split up entire families. A decision made by the British over a single lunch, caused my grandparents' generation to have their lives completely uprooted.
It was then that I found out that because of this, my grandad actually became a refugee. I had no idea before now despite all the conversations that I'd had with him over the years. She told us that he had lived in camps for over 6 months, in the same way that I have seen and am still seeing, in Calais. I also found out that he had another brother and sister and they had both died due to disease contracted from the camps.
Upon hearing this my heart fell into my stomach; I always knew my grandparents had been caught up in the partition, and how savage the British were in the treatment of Indians, but knowing this was an extra addition of pain.
Later that night I sat with my grandad (who rarely has a serious moment by the way) and I told him what Bibi had told me. He's been diagnosed with a slow onset of dementia so he forgets the more recent things; I've told him before that I go to the camps in Calais but I never know if he remembers it or not. That evening I asked him what it was like for him as a refugee; I told him I couldn't believe he had never told me. His eyes glazed over as they always do when he's asked to remember. **CONT IN COMMENTS**