Peace, one and all…
Although I now live in South Wales, I was born and raised in the East End of London, Hackney to be exact. I grew up on Clapton Park Estate, in Lower Clapton (very close to Hackney Marshes). Hackney has a reputation for being rough and Lower Clapton is often described as ‘Murder Mile’ (see ‘They Call It Murder Mile’). It is certainly an inner-city area, with high levels of poverty and other such things. But, it was (and still is, in a way) my home. The people of Hackney, as with people everywhere, are a mixture of good and bad, selfless and selfish, happy and sad. Hackney is an amazingly diverse borough. As a child, I grew amongst people from virtually every corner and culture of the world. In many ways, this openess to diversity was what gave me my openess towards different faiths, which eventually led me to Islam.
At any rate, here are some pictures of my original homeland.