Buy a Pen, Save a Life. How a Syrian Father Inspired Fundraising his Cause


Abdul and his daughter Reem in streets of Beirut. Mixed photos of indiegogo website

This Post was originally written for Global Voices

Always we talk about the social media powerful way of changing lives. If you haven’t heard trending story on Twitter and Facebook for the last week, read this noble story of world collaborating to help a Syrian refugee father who carry his sleeping daughter selling pens in streets of Beirut, Lebanon to fund his survival.

When your country in a war and you see your people under siege suffering hunger and exposing to death, you’d prefer to escape with your kids for a shelter and look for minimum reasons to survive. Abdul Halim Attar is one of over a million Syrian refugees who flee to Lebanon, a Palestinian Syrian from the Yarmouk camp in Damascus. He’s a single father with 2 children, Reem and Abdelillah

The story started with this tweet on 25th of Aug when Gissur Simonarson (@GissiSim) an Iceland activist posted a photo of Abdul, a Syrian refugee, selling pens and surprised with a tsunami of sympathy and compassion. The tweet shared 6K and favorited 2.8K. The day next, Simonarson set the twitter account @Buy_Pens for further introduction of Abdul story to the public, looking for him and setup the strategy in 3 points.

News portals and TV rush to the scoop case, SKYNEWS, CNN, ALJAZEERA, NBC, BBC, Mirror, while working with Carol Malouf (@carolmalouf) representing the NGO @leb4refugees on ground to meet Abdul urgent needs.

The campaign set to reach $5,000 USD goal in 15 days, however, until writing this material, it succeed in gathering $168,884 USD, raised by 6,375 people in 5 days. The money comes from USA, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAE among other countries in Middle East and Europe.

On how to spend the money raised on his cause, Abdul answered in one phrase: to raise and educate his own children.

So next time when you wonder a way to help any needy, be inspired by this story and donate your time, money or even a tweet, still have 9 days before accomplishing this noble achievement.

Screenshot of "Help Abdul and Reem start a new life" funding campaign on indiegogo.

Screenshot of “Help Abdul and Reem start a new life” funding campaign on indiegogo.

About Rami Alhames

I'm a Syrian Brazilian, Freelance Translator and Social media contributor @GlobalVoices @GVinArabic, Meedan, in Portuguese, Arabic and English.
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