The refugee who achieved international attention last week after being tripped by a camerawoman recording his entry into Hungary, has been welcomed in Spain after applying for asylum.
Osama Abdul Mohsen was a professional soccer coach in Syria before the civil war there drove him to flee the country with two of his sons. Mohsen made headlines all over the world last week when camerawoman Petra Laszlo was filmed deliberately tripping the man as he crossed the border into Hungary, causing him to fall on top of his seven year old son who he was carrying at the time. Laszlo, a Hungarian camerawoman for news channel N1TV, received universal condemnation once the footage surfaced, and was immediately dismissed by her employer.
One of those appalled by the footage was Miguel Angel Galan, the president of Spain’s National Soccer Coach Training Center who, after learning of Mohsen’s occupation, arranged to have him brought to Spain where his school is using it’s publicity budget to put Mohsen and his children up in an apartment.
Mohsen is learning Spanish and once he becomes fluent Galan plans to hire him. The school is also assisting Mohsen in his application for asylum and attempting to gain permission to bring his wife and two other children to Spain from the refugee camp they are currently residing in in Turkey.
Mohsen has shared his gratitude for the school’s efforts, telling reporters upon his arrival: “Now I feel that I am (flying) in the sky. I am very happy.”