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Communities Foundation of Texas

5500 Caruth Haven Lane

Dallas, TX 75225

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On September 21, 2001, while working at a Dallas convenience store, Rais Bhuiyan was shot in the face by Mark Stroman. Stroman, a white supremacist, sought vengeance against Arabs for the 9/11 tragedy. He found Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi, alone behind the counter.

A former officer in the Bangladesh Air Force, Bhuiyan had recently moved to the United States to pursue higher education. He was working 12-hour days to earn money for his family and his future. When he entered the store, Stroman, inked with neo-Nazi tattoos, did not want money. Instead, he asked Bhuiyan, “Where are you from?” After hearing Bhuiyan’s voice, Stroman fired, hitting Bhuiyan in the face, and fled.

Remarkably, Bhuiyan survived the attack. Stroman was tried and sentenced to execution on July 20, 2011.

Bhuiyan ultimately turned the pain and fear he lived with for so long into compassion and understanding for the man who had tried to kill him. He sought to speak with Stroman and to forgive him and even led an international campaign to save Stroman's life, but his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.

Bhuiyan is now a peace activist and the Founder and President of World Without Hate, an organization dedicated to eradicating ignorance, hate, and violence through education and by fostering compassion, empathy, and understanding.


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Michele Valdez and Gary Kennedy

Anonymous




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AJC Dallas

SMU Embrey Human Rights Program

Temple Shalom

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

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