INTERNATIONAL: Syrian refugee photographed selling pens to feed children uses crowdfunding to start businesses

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INTERNATIONAL: Syrian refugee photographed selling pens to feed children uses crowdfunding to start businesses

aboyosha3homsINDEPENDENT (UK) – A Syrian refugee who was photographed walking the streets of Beirut selling biros to feed his children has used money donated from around the world to employ his fellow asylum seekers.

Abdul Halim al-Attar has been able to set up three businesses in the Lebanese capital using the $191,000 (£127,000) raised by an online crowdfunding campaign.

The 33-year-old father said he was astounded by the outpouring of support after a photo of him selling pens as he carried his sleeping daughter went viral.

Mr al-Attar was not even aware he had been photographed by a passer-by until a member of the public told him the image was spreading around the world.

The photo was first posted on Twitter by Gissur Simonarson, an activist and the founder of Conflict News, who then set up afundraising page to help Abdul and his children start a better life.

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