Picture of refugee father, daughter selling pens gets worldwide attention

Gissur Simonarson tweeted the photo, taken in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday.  

It was re-tweeted more than 3,000 times, with many asking how they could help the man. 

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Simonarson got in touch with Carol Malouf from a Lebanese refugee charity, who agreed to track down the man. 

She found the man, identified as Abdul, a single father living with his son, Abdelillah, 9, and daughter, Reem,4.

Simonarson set up a crowdfunding page to help the family, with a goal of $5,000. As of Friday, the fund was already at $62,000. 

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