A refugee dad who was pictured selling pens on the street to support his children has received almost $170,000 in donations — but will have to wait up to three more weeks before he can start a new life with the money.
Syrian Abdul Halim, 35, captured hearts around the world when images of him carrying his sleeping daughter while trying to make money on the streets of Beirut went viral on Twitter.
He was later identified and tracked down in the Lebanese capital. As of 5:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, a crowdfunding page for him had attracted around $167,000 in donations from more than 6,280 well-wishers in 105 countries in just five days.
Local activists have paid the rent on Abdul's shabby 430-square-foot apartment in southern Beirut for the next month, and bought him food.