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Friday, October 31, 2003

Rizwan is seventeen years old and lives with his family in Midwood, Brooklyn. When Rizwan hangs out around Coney Island Avenue, he always sees Bashir -- a homeless man who walks with a cane and moves between nearby restaurants and shops, in which he is allowed to sleep in his wheelchair.

Rizwan's interest in Bashir set him on a mission to learn more about him, even though Bashir's slurred speech, which came about following numerous strokes, make conversations a little difficult for both of them. Rizwan recently learned that Bashir took Rizwan's family into his home when they first arrived from Pakistan, and even though Bashir is shown significant kindness by the Pakistani community in the neighborhood, Rizwan questions if they and his own family are doing enough to help.


Rizwan was mentored by Michael Kavanagh.


Rizwan Aslam
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