Jalal Jaffer was born in 1945 in a small town called Kitale, in the highlands of Kenya. He moved to Kampala, Uganda with his family when he was three and spent his childhood there, growing up as one of nine children. As a young man, he went to school in London to earn his Bachelor and Master of Science in Economics. After coming to Canada, he earned his Law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1977, and in 2015, he was named Queen’s Counsel by the Government of British Columbia.
Today, Jalal lives with his wife of almost fifty years in a lovely home along a river in North Vancouver. They have two adult sons, Jamil and Rumi. Jalal is a devout Ismaili Muslim and says, he wrote MEMORIES of a UGANDAN REFUGEE to tell of his “gratitude for the divine grace and blessings showered on me like rain and my effort to collect in my container as much as He wishes me to have.”