Picture of Syrian refugee selling pens prompts flood of donations

Syrian refugee is seen carrying his young daughter, while seemingly trying to sell pens. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@GissiSim)

A crowdfunding account raised thousands in just three hours after a picture of a refugee trying to sell pens on a street in Beirut went viral, The Independent reported on Friday.

In the picture that was shared by Gissur Simonarson on Twitter, a Syrian refugee is seen carrying his young daughter, while seemingly trying to sell pens.

Simonarson then created a Twitter account under the name #Buy_Pens and was able to find the man and his daughter.

Identified as Abdul, the man is a Palestinian Syrian from Yarmouk camp – a single father of two children, nine-years-old Abdelillah, and four-year-old Reem.

Simonarson then decided create a crowdfunding account on Indiegogo to raise money for Abdul and his family.

Within the first 30 minutes Simonarson tweeted saying “We have reached my goal of $5,000 in the first 30 min. This was never meant as a cap, just something to start with. “Let’s make sure that Abdul and Reem can really start a great new life.”

And after three hours donations reached $15,260, exceeding the original goal.

 

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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