Syrian refugee's photo selling pens goes viral, raises over $70,000 in donations

When activist Gissur Simonarson posted the heartbreaking picture of Syrian refugee selling pens in Beirut while carrying his sleeping daughter on social media, little did he know that people across the world will come forward to help the man.

Syrian refugee's photo selling pens goes viral, raises over $70,000 in donations
Courtesy: @GissiSim

Beirut: When activist Gissur Simonarson posted the heartbreaking picture of Syrian refugee selling pens in Beirut while carrying his sleeping daughter on social media, little did he know that people across the world will come forward to help the man.

The photo, which went viral, was posted by the activist from Oslo on Twitter last week.

It shows the Syrian man, who escaped the war-torn country, visibly distressed and trying to sell the pens in Beirut, Lebanon, so that he could feed his two children.

After requests for help poured in, Simonarson took to Twitter again to ask people if anyone could locate the man in Beirut.

Soon enough, Abdul, who is a Palestinian Syrian from notorious Yarmouk camp, was found. He is a single father of two children including the young girl, Reem, seen in the picture and nine-year-old son Abdelillah.

The fundraising page #BuyPens quickly surpassed its goal of USD 5,000 and raised over USD 70,000.

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