Bangladesh Society of Connecticut, family granted asylum host face mask giveaway


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven family is doing its part to help a community that helped them in a time of need.

Salma Sikandar faced deportation back to her home country in Bangladesh. Her family, along with supporters from all across the state, fought to keep her here.

Both she and her husband, Anwar Mahmud, were granted asylum last year.

On Thursday, they and the Bangladesh Society of Connecticut organized a mask and wipes giveaway in Hartford.

They told News 8 why being back in the capital city was so meaningful to them.

Anwar Mahmud said, “They cry with us, they laugh with us, and finally, we won the case. So now, this is my small way to show appreciation to the community.”

Anwar’s son, Samir, said, “Two years ago, we were fighting immigration and now two years later, we’re literally down the street from the ICE building giving away to people.”

Lawmakers, including Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Senator Richard Blumenthal attended the event. The Bangladesh Society of Connecticut told News 8 they are planning another giveaway in another community in a few weeks.

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