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Connections: "From Strangers to Neighbors" cultural fair

Jan 30, 2018

Have you ever had a conversation with a refugee? An upcoming cultural fair will give participants the opportunity to learn about people of different backgrounds by experiencing aspects of their cultures.

The organizer of “From Strangers to Neighbors” says the fair is one way to break down stereotypes and remove the fear sparked by controversies surrounding the Trump administration’s immigration ban. Our guests help us preview the event. In studio:

  • Samiha Islam, organizer of From Strangers to Neighbors
  • Sareer Fazili, president of the board of directors at the Islamic Center of Rochester
  • Alma Omerhodzic, Bosnian refugee and program participant
  • Obaida Omar, representative of Catholic Family Center who works to help integrate refugees into the Rochester area