Growing up in Greater Manchester

"I want to identity myself more as Kashmiri. That is where I'm from. That's my roots"



The second generation –those Kashmiris who grew up between the 1980s and 1990s –grew up between two cultures.

Shafakat Ali was born and raised in Rochdale.

His father worked in the mills and his mother was a housewife.

He discusses what it was like for him growing up as a second Kashmiri generation.


 “We’re proud of who we are. What our heritage is”

The words of community activist Mohammed Shiraz.

Born in Rochdale he grew up in the Wardleworth area.

He tells us what it was like for him to grow up in the 80s as a second generation Kashmiri.


Some would say that the third generation hasn’t faced the same kind of the struggles as the second.

But one thing is for certain the two generations have both had to navigate between two cultures.

Hasan Hafeez was bornand bred in Rochdale.

Raised in a Kashmiri household in Greater Manchester he says “It’s like living two different lives”