The Syrian refugee known as “The Scientist” on the popular Humans of New York blog arrived Thursday to a new life in the United States with four of his children and a simple message: It’s not about him. It’s about Syria.
The story of the man — a Kurdish civil engineer who asked NBC News to refer to him as Abu Ammar to protect his family in Syria — sparked an outpouring of compassion. Actor Edward Norton launched a fund-raiser that raised $450,000 for him — even President Barack Obama contributed.
Abu Ammar, speaking through an interpreter Thursday night…
Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News
More Must-Reads From TIME
- AI Is Not an Arms Race
- Here's What's in the Debt Ceiling Deal
- Matthew Macfadyen on Succession Series Finale
- How Worried Should the World Be of China's New COVID Wave?
- What Erdoğan’s Victory Means for Turkey—and the World
- Why Everyone Is Having Bad Sex (Especially Young People)
- The 30 Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2023
- Florence Pugh Might Just Save the Movie Star From Extinction