One Photo Changed This Man's Life Forever, After It Went Viral Online.
Since war began in Syria in 2011, almost 4 million people have fled the country for safe haven. Leaving behind their homes, family and what they knew life to be is a heart-wrenching experience. The mass exodus has left Syrians living in refugee camps of neighboring countries.
Gissur Simonarson, an activist from Oslo, Norway captured a photo of a man carrying his sleeping daughter, while trying to sell pens on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. The desperation in the man’s face struck a chord with Simonarson who began to ask for help on social media to locate the seller with the hashtag #BuyPens.
Within two days, the identity of the man was found. The man is Abdul, a Syrian refugee. His daughter is four-year-old Reem. He also has a nine-year-old son named Abdelillah. The search did not end there, thousands of people from all over the world began to donate to a page set up to help this family. The initial goal was $5,000. As of publication, the amount raised is $122,165.
This is the photo that went viral and touched the hearts from people all over the world.
People from all over the world making a difference.
Abdul, Reem, and Abdelillah sit with their guardian angel Gissur Simonarson.
Abdul worked at a chocolate factory in Syria. The man broke down crying when he was told of the funds raised for his family.
With the money raised, he wants to send his children to school. He also wants to help other refugees.
One photo changed the life of this refugee family.
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