Egypt’s social ministry steps up after video of homeless boy living with dogs goes viral

Published March 15th, 2017 - 11:32 GMT
Abd El-Rahman, a homeless young Egyptian boy, was filmed by local news dancing with street dogs. (Youm7)
Abd El-Rahman, a homeless young Egyptian boy, was filmed by local news dancing with street dogs. (Youm7)

The story of the young Egyptian homeless boy, Abd El-Rahman, went viral earlier today and made a whole nation, in a matter of hours, sympathize with the boy and try and help him.

It all started when Youm7 reported his story calling it “The boy who dances with dogs.” Abd El-Rahman went homeless after his stepmother started hitting him, and his father did nothing about it. His 9-year-old brother is reportedly homeless as well. He now lives with dogs and says life with dogs is better than life with humans.

The video went viral, and in only 16 hours, it received over a million views! The comments mainly went from people cursing the boy’s father, using it for animal rights campaigns, and more importantly, people wanting to help.

In less than 24 hours after the story was published, the Ministry of Social Solidarity announced through Youm7 that they are taking care of the boy, and that they already issued him a new birth certificate, something he needs in order to find a job and feed himself, and the dogs.


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