One Refugee Pictured Selling Biros Carrying His Child Is Set For New Life After Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding has given one male refugee and his family an incredible new life after a campaign to raise money for them was started.

Abdul is a single father to two kids, and was photographed trying to earn some money to feed his kids and provide for them on the streets of Beirut.

The photograph of him selling pens while carrying one of his children was quickly circulated, after it was tweeted by activist Gissur Simonarson.

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The family are thought to be Palestinian Syrians from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, and the image clearly resonated with people.

The hashtag #buypens quickly spread on social media, and after someone got in touch with Gissur, he identified the family within 24 hours, and started a Indiegogo campaign for them.

He went back to Twitter to keep people updated, and the progress was simply amazing.

It’s things like this that really restore your faith in people, who let’s be honest, can be pretty awful at times.

To see strangers willing to donate money so that someone else can have a better life is one of the most heart-warming things the internet has to offer.

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Oh, and the total is still rising now.