Clayton resident Urmila Patel came to the US in a flee for her and her family’s life escaping the genocide of Dictator Idi Amin.  She wrote of the harrowing experience in a fascinating book called, “Out of Uganda in 90 Days”.

This is a true story of a world turned upside down, a family torn apart, and the desperate road to freedom from the vicious Dictator Idi Amin”.  Patel’s startling memoir of survival, and escape from Idi Amin’s Uganda, is an amazing journey through cultures, beliefs, and life-and-death passions.

Of course,  she is welcome in Clayton.  Patel who owned   Clayton’s Postal Annex for years until she sold it in 2017.  Patel is a Reiki master and has been practicing and teaching the knowledge of healing through various techniques.  She recently presented her life-saving ordeal to the Clayton Valley Women’s Club and at Diablo Valley College.  Her book is available for purchase on and at the Postal Annex in the Clayton Station shopping center.