Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Selling Pens


Like many sun-baked deep-wrinkled migrants seen in the streets of big cities the man in the streets of Beirut with the sleeping girl in his arms holds BIC pens in his hands. He has been called the pen seller of Beirut. These cheap, ubiquitous ballpoint pens with the all-familiar blue sweaty, plastic caps become a symbol of desperation. They are writing instruments only in name. In reality they are the thin line that separate this man from the humiliation of begging. The response to his plea is astounding:

The Pen Seller of Beirut

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