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IN People ON 29 Dec, 2015
The Syrian refugee crisis has been one of the world's most notable problems in 2015. But once you move beyond the images of hundreds of people in a boat or traversing foreign land, you will realize that each refugee is a human individual that wants to protect his or her family. Each refugee has a story to tell, and sometimes, it is up to others to give them the opportunity to speak up. More than voicing their problems, people should also go beyond airing their concerns and start helping each refugee directly. It can be through a fundraiser or by simply providing a place to stay in.
This is the story of how a Syrian refugee who was barely surviving in Beirut, Lebanon had his life changed after a man took a photo of him working hard in the streets.
This father from Syria was holding his daughter as he tried to persuade people into buying his pens in Beirut. Even though it was very hot, he did not want to give up and just earn nothing because that would mean that his child would not be able to eat properly.
Thankfully, somehow thought that Abdul's determination to survive inspired someone to take a photo of him and post it on the internet. The image went viral as people saw the heartbreaking image of a man selling trash and pens in order to live.
Thanks to the Gissur Simonarson who is a Norwegian web developer, a crowdfunding event for Abdul and his family allowed people to donate more than $200,000.
Abdul did not spend all of the money wastefully. Instead, he established three businesses. In order to help even just some of the 1.2 million refugees living in Lebanon, Abdul decided to hire 16 Syrian refugees. Aside from this, Abdul also gave financial assistance both to his family and friends.
Thus, Abdul's life changed along with the lives of other people because of a kind gesture made by Gissur Simonarson.
With the entrepreneurship, Abdul was able to rent an apartment that has two bedrooms. He currently lives with his adorable daughter Reem and his son Abdullelah.
Life might seem to be at its worst, but in the end, there will be people out there who will give you a lending hand. Do not give up, hope for the best, and share the love.