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Story Behind Emotional Photo of Refugee Dad Carrying Sleeping Daughter

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Abdul Haleem al-Kader with his daughter Abdelillah, 4, who was tracked down on social media after this photo, showing him selling pens on the street, went viral. (Photo: IndieGogo) A single father of three struggling to raise his two young daughters in Lebanon has sparked an online fundraising frenzy after a photo of him selling pens and holding his 4-year-old daughter struck a major chord on social media — bringing in more than$66,000 in donations in less than 24 hours. STORY:Meet Hurricane Katrina’s ‘Youngest Survivor’ The photo, of Syrian-Palestian refugee Abdul Haleem al-Kader, was posted, along with the hashtag #buypens, on Twitter by Norway father and activist Gissur Simonarson. The picture was retweeted more than 3,400 times, and followers flooded Simonarson — who had procured the photo for his website, Conflict News, but was not sure of its origin — to track the family down and help them. He was able to do so quickly, also through Twitter. STORY:Ebola Survivor Who Lost 21 Relatives Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Boy Turns out that al-Kader had been recently living with his children, 4 and 9, in theYarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which is known for its horrific conditions. Now, according to BuzzFeed News, the three live in Lebanon, where al-Kader has not been able to find work. “So I have no other options to feed my kids but selling stuff in the streets,” he told the website on Friday, explaining that his wife left the family after they were all living in Egypt, and she wanted to return to Syria but he refused. Al-Kader and his daughter, after someone helped track him down. (Photo: IndieGogo) “The kids live in dire conditions,” tweeted Lebanese for Refugees activist Carol Maloufon Friday regarding the trio’s current residence, a “modest apartment” in Beirut. “They need our help.” Malouf got involved with the family’s cause and went to visit them on Friday, according to a series of tweets. After al-Kader and his son and daughter were located, Simonarson launched a fundraising campaign on IndieGogo, raising $5,000 in just half an hour and more than $66,000 in 23 hours. He’s reportedly enlisted the help of UNICEF, which has not yet responded to a request for information from Yahoo Parenting. The donations, according to a breakdown tweeted by Simonarson, have so far come mostly from the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. And now, it seems, al-Kader will be able to start a new life for himself and his children — and the unemployed dad can hardly believe it.