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The Right Thing: Saving the man who shot me

Broadcaster

BBC World Service

TX Date

27th Feb 2021

Presenter

Mike Wooldridge

Producer

Paul Arnold

Awards

Sandford St Martins 2022

Nominated - Radio/Audio Award
Quotes

"Wonderfully crisp menu storytelling. Very touching and exquisitely set up."

Simon Pitts, Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service

Mike Wooldridge tells the story of Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim who in his 20s traded a job in the Bangladeshi air force for a life in the US. He was working at a petrol station when a man walked in and shot him in the face. It was an attack targeting random Muslims in retaliation for 9/11.

The attack left Rais partially blind, and his attacker, Mark Stroman, shot dead two other men during his killing spree. Stroman was found guilty and received the death penalty, only for Bhuiyan to campaign against his execution, saying that his Islamic faith told him that saving one life was like saving the whole of mankind.

Hear how the story unfolded in this powerful and moving programme…