Friday, September 4, 2015

More proof that humans are humane

Gissur Simonarson, a human rights activist who describes himself as "an Icelander lost in Norway" saw the picture below on social media. It's two Syrian refugees, single-Dad Abdul Halim and his four-year-old daughter Reem. They're living in Beirut, but Abdul can't find work so he's trying to earn money to feed his exhausted daughter by selling pens on the street.

Simonarson contacted Halim and started an Indiegogo account, hoping to raise $5,000 to help the man out. His campaign reached this goal in just 30 minutes! And money kept pouring in. At last count, 5,900 people from more than 100 countries had donated a total of $162,147.00. In order to be sure Halim is not taken advantage of, Simonarson is looking into setting up an account that will give him monthly payments, so he won't have to carry so much money around with him. Halim is overwhelmed by the generous support of strangers. "This campaign will change my life," he said.

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