Last Thursday My sister “Rachelle Ismael” and Her friend “Lama Beydoun” urged me to help an 8 months old Syrian Refugee, that was neglected along with his father and his grandfather under the bridge.
“Running from war, A father and a son are sleeping under Charl’s Helo Bridge, please help and share”, this is what i tweeted on Thursday morning, or at least what i tried to tweet anyway. Two simple tweets with two images, were capable of causing a storm, instantly people started retweeting, and reposting the images, and asking public figures to share and help.
While My sister and Lama were with the guy, providing food and blankets, and trying to reach out to NGOS, me and my twitter friends were trying to get this issue noticed as much as possible. And we were lucky to get JarasScoopFm( Joe Maalouf), Rima Karaki, Diana Wehbe, and many other public figures to help us spread the campaign, until the amazing people at MTV Lebanon, went and did a reportage with the guy.
Before the reportage was even aired, Chaker Khazaal, a reporter at HuffingtonPost shed the light on this issue in a tweet, and was able to get the attention of many more people, including UN Refugee Agency.
— Chaker Khazaal (@ChakerKhazaal) September 10, 2015
After the reportage, Many more people and websites started to shed the light on this issue, including tayyar.org, lebanese-forces.com,, and Salem Zahran. And while the reportage did mention the issue, it didn’t provide a way for people to help the infant, so people from UAE, KSA, and Lebanon started to reach out to me and my sister on twitter, on where they can meet the guy to help him, and how they can help him. Many people offered money, blankets, and food but still the guy had no shelter to house him . That’s where Najib (BlogBladi) shed even more light on the issue and Alfa Lebanon helped the guy by offering to rent the guy an apartment for 6 months.
Seems like Twitter was able to reunited Lebanese and Arabs, for a humanitarian case, and was able to reunite people regardless of their political beliefs, and nationality. We are closing to a happy ending an innocent 8 months old victim.
We are finally able to sleep now that this infant is being taking care of, but there is many other infants, kids, women, and elderly people who also fell victims of the Syrian War, and they all need your help. It takes one person to start making a change, and to get everyone involved.