Picture of Syrian refugee selling pens prompts flood of donations
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
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.
Abdul is a Palestinian Syrian from the notorious Yarmouk camp seen in this photo. He's a single dad with 2 children. pic.twitter.com/egFy2Bk3lX— Gissur Simonarson CN (@GissiSim) August 27, 2015
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.