Tuesday 24 January 2017

Barack Obama comments on Humans Of New York photo

Published 04/09/2015 | 11:15

The Humans of New York Facebook page has added a new fan to it's existing fifteen million - and it's none other than the President of The United States.

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Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the page, is currently travelling around Iran and Pakistan to tell the stories of people living there.

Their most recent post detailed a man and his son. The man explained:

"One time when he was five years old, we bought two pounds of fresh apricots (at the store). I let him carry the bag home.

After a while (walking), I asked him to hand me an apricot.

"I can’t,’ he said. ‘I’ve given them all away.’ I knew then that I was raising a humanitarian.”

Writing from the White House Facebook account, Barack Obama wrote that the story was "inspirational".

"One of the most fulfilling things that can happen to you as a parent is to see the values you’ve worked to instill in your kids start to manifest themselves in their actions – and this one really resonated with me".

"I hope this young man never loses his desire to help others. And I'm going to continue doing whatever I can to make this world a place where he and every young person like him can live up to their full potential. (And if I ever get to meet him, I hope he’ll save me an apricot!)".

The Humans Of New York Facebook Page has expanded from a quirky blog on New York City to a global force, raising awareness and funding for causes around the world. Stanton has released a number of books and raised millions for numerous causes.

Most recently, the community raised over $2million to end 'forced labour' in Pakistan.

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