Happy Ending for Refugee Tripped by Camerawoman

Spain offers him a job
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2015 1:40 PM CDT
Syrian Osama Abdul Mohsen holds his son Zaid as they arrive at the Barcelona train station on Wednesday, Sept.16, 2015.   (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

(Newser) – A happy ending for the Syrian refugee who was filmed being tripped by a camerawoman in Hungary: Osama Abdul Mohsen is now in Spain, and he's been offered a new job. Members of Spain's Cenafe national soccer coaching center heard that Abdul Mohsen had coached soccer in Syria, and offered him a job at a school for soccer coaches. The school's president says there is "solidarity" between them "because we are colleagues." They also provided transport to Spain for him and a place to stay with his sons, 16 and 7, NBC News reports. "I love you, I love Madrid," Abdul Mohsen told reporters upon his arrival in Spain yesterday. "Thank you for all."

Abdul Mohsen was holding the 7-year-old when he was tripped, and he told NBC News Tuesday that the boy suffered a concussion in the resulting fall, but "we are better now, thank God." Abdul Mohsen's wife, 18-year-old son, and 13-year-old daughter are still in Turkey, where the family first fled Syria in 2012; Abdul Mohsen left with the two other boys in an attempt to better their financial and educational situation. He says he's working to reunite the family, and the coaching school's president says he will help with that as well, the AP reports. (Click to see what the camerawoman has to say for herself.)

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