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Lydia Namatende Sakwa

Published On


Page Range

pp. 183–190


  • English

Print Length

8 pages

18. Wiping the Smudge off the Window

The Darkest Time as a Student in Europe

  • Lydia Namatende-Sakwa (author)
In this narrative, the author shares her painful journey, having left a young family—husband, and children (two and a half months, four, and two years old), to pursue a PhD in the UK. Her encounters with racism interweaved with feelings of guilt for leaving her family paint a picture of precariousness informed by identity markers of race, sex and class.


Lydia Namatende-Sakwa

Senior Lecturer and Coordinator Postgraduate Programs at Kyambogo University