More than 5,000 miles away at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, the word “Connecticut” lit up the faces of some 40 Syrian refugees when they heard where a recent visitor was from.
“You are the state that accepted the refugees,’ they said,” recalled M. Saud Anwar, South Windsor councilman and former mayor, Wednesday, of the response he received when he visited the camp in December. “The world is so small.”
Anwar, who was the first Muslim mayor in Connecticut when he was elected in 2013, has been an outspoken advocate for the Muslim community in the state. Recently, his advocacy work has turned to combating stereotypes and bigotry targeted at Muslims.
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