The Syrian man who became part of an international story after he was tripped by a camerawoman in Hungary is now in Spain, where a sports organization plans to offer him work. Osama Abdul Mohsen was tripped by a camerawoman as he ran from police, holding his young son.
Arriving in Spain late Wednesday, Mohsen said, “I love you all. Thank you for all. Thank you for España.”
Mohsen was part of a crowd of refugees and migrants who were trying to enter Hungary last week, when a videographer put her foot out and tripped him, sending him and his son to the turf.
After learning that Mohsen had been a first-division soccer coach in Syria, Miguel Angel Galan, the director of a soccer academy in Getafe, near Madrid, invited him to come to the school.
From Hungary, Mohsen and 7-year-old Zaid reached Munich, where they were contacted by Galan earlier this week. In Munich, he was also reunited with his older son, Mohammed.
“I see a future for my family in Spain,” Mohsen tells El Mundo, which has followed his case closely.
All three are now in Spain — the reception committee that met them at the train station included the mayor of Getafe, Sara Hernández, according to El Pais.
The newspaper says they’re now hoping to reunite the whole family:
“Meanwhile, Mohsen’s wife and two other children are back in Mersin, a Turkish city on the Mediterranean near the Syrian border.
” ‘They’ve been there for two weeks, but I hope that soon they will be able to join us. [Cenafe chief] Miguel Ángel has told me that we will all be together again. We are happy, but worried about my wife and children, because I don’t want them to remain there,’ said Mohsen.”