INTERNATIONAL: Syrian refugee who sold pens to feed his daughter now owns 4 businesses

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INTERNATIONAL: Syrian refugee who sold pens to feed his daughter now owns 4 businesses

syrian-buypensBUSINESS INSIDER – Abdul Halim al-Attar runs a restaurant, two bakeries, and a kebab shop in Beirut, Lebanon.

But the Syrian refugee wasn’t as fortunate earlier this year.

He was photographed a couple months ago trying to sell pens while carrying his sleeping daughter. The picture went viral and sparked a fundraising campaign for al-Attar’s family. The goal was to raise $5,000, but people donated more than $191,000.

“It changed my life and I am thankful for whoever helped me and donated money and supported me,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “Not only did my life change, but also the lives of my children and the lives of Syrian people whom I helped.”

Although al-Attar has received only 40% — more than $75,000 — of the donations so far, he’s been able to start multiple businesses. He employs 16 people, and he’s breaking even.

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  1. well am glad he did something useful with the money donated to him, and am happy for news like this instead of the usual billionaires and millionaires that buy ridiculous things when there are people who need help in this world and are suffering and YES i know its their money and can do what they want with it but its sickening and not important like this guy sometime ago that bought his daughter a diamond that cost some million dollars or something to that extent.

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