In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and school closings, Rashed works long twelve-hour shifts at his father’s store. His father has a heart condition and Rashed wants him to be safe.
“What drives you to stay in the tiny enclosed space hour after hour cashing out chips and bread?” I asked him this week. With that voice of reason and generosity, Rashed responded, “Every hour I can work is an hour my father doesn’t have to.”
A year ago in Buffalo, Rashed’s cousin, Badraldeen, 12, was struck in the head by a stray bullet in his own home and killed. “There was a lot of blood,” Rashed said hoarsely. Rashed’s magnanimity absorbed the pain of this tragedy on behalf of the Yemenite community as if he had the heart of 100 men . . . because he does.
Rashed, when our Night of Courage Annual Benefit Dinner is rescheduled, we will be there to witness your entire story—your everyday ordinary resurrection.*
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