The ongoing conflict in the Middle East has ruined the lives of so many families everywhere. Even if they do seek refuge in European countries, there’s still no assurance if they’re going to be accepted. The sad part is, these people are innocent. They had nothing to do with the ongoing wars in their respective countries and yet they are being treated as if they’re less than animals. We all see photos of them, tired from all the traveling and waiting if they have a place in a foreign country, with their kids and pets in tow. Let’s look at the story of one refugee who’s story broke the hearts of many.
This is a photo that went viral late last year: It showed a man selling pens on the streets of Beirut while carrying his daughter who was asleep. His face showed the desperation he had to make ends meet even if it meant carrying his daughter while he worked.
It made a lot of people all over the world feel for the man: The photo reached millions of people all over the world. It was a cruel realization that things like this happen frequently in the Middle East. While the media only covers the conflict itself, it has failed to show what the citizens have to deal with daily.
His name is Abdul Halim al-Attar: Abdul only had his 4-year old daughter, Reem and his 9-year old son, with him in Beirut. His wife was in Syria and he didn’t want his daughter to grow up in such a war torn area.