Monday 23 October 2017

Barack Obama comments on Humans Of New York photo

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

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.

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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