A Kuwaiti-based Somali YouTuber has raised $ 1 million in just over a day to help refugees and displaced people in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.
With nearly 21 million followers, AboFlah, whose real name is Hassan Suleiman, is one of the best-known influencers in the Arab world. He launched his website, dedicated to reviewing video games, in 2016.
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His campaign, launched in coordination with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), this week raised $ 1 million within 28 hours.
“All of this is thanks to my followers … thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” AboFlah, 23, said in an interview with AFP on Wednesday.
He said the gifts exceeded his expectations.
The vlogger launched the campaign, called “Warm Their Hearts,” during a live stream in which he scored to reach 20 million followers.
Millions of people have been displaced due to conflicts around the region, including in Syria and Iraq.
Many Syrian refugees now live in camps in Jordan and Lebanon, which also host large numbers of Palestinian refugees.
The funds raised by AboFlah are expected to deliver food, clothing and fuel to more than 17,000 people as winter approaches.
Nasreen Rabiean, the UNHCR representative in Kuwait, hailed the initiative and the “spirit of shared responsibility and solidarity.”
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