Stating that it was great to see the American public come together, 9-year-old Indonesian sweatshop worker Mohamed Sayegh told reporters Thursday that the opportunity to make thousands of “#TexasStrong” t-shirts by hand just gave him a warm feeling inside that can only come from seeing so many people join forces to do good.
“This makes you realize that Americans really do care about the people around the world who are stuck in terrible situations,” said Sayegh, unloading a box of blue t-shirts onto his work station. “It’s uplifting to see so many people assimilate and want to lend a helping hand to those who are total strangers; and I believe that that’s a testament to the American people’s good will,” he said, smiling. “This shows exactly how willing they are to take time to think about and help out the less fortunate. It’s really cool to see.”
Sayegh, who makes 2,250 Indonesian rupiah ($0.11 cents) per hour, said he had “no idea” if he would be making any apparel that supports the thousands of victims who have tragically lost their lives due to floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal in recent weeks.
“I’m not really sure about that. I’ve really been focused on getting to do the #TexasStrong shirts. I’m not sure about that other stuff, or what those would be for,” he said. “I just know that there’s no possible way that there is anything going on in the world that’s worse than what’s happening in Houston right now.”
At press time, Sayegh was seen happily running down the hallway of the sweatshop, arms in the air, exclaiming with joy that Adidas had just signed a 10-year contract with the University of Louisville.