The Syrian refugee man who was tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman while holding his son was offered a football coaching position in Spain. As the upsetting video went viral, the story of Osama Abdul Mohsen became known around the world.
“I love you, I love Madrid. Thank you for all. This is very, very important for my life. I am here with you. Thank you very much,” Mohsen said.
“We lost our house in Syria after suffering a number of artillery shells by [President] Assad’s forces,” his oldest son, Almuhannad, told NBC News.
When Mohsen arrived in Germany, media reports emerged that he had been a soccer coach in Syria. Moved by the story, the president of CENAFE, a private Spanish soccer coaching school, decided he wanted to help them.
Now settled in his new home, Mohsen spoke about life in Syria saying it was “very, very difficult for anything, for life, for work, for sleep, for anything. War, war, war and everywhere you see dead’. He lived in Turkey one year, Osama said in an interview with Spanish television TVE, before embarking on his journey.
Abdul Mohsen told NBC News on Tuesday that his wife Muntaha, 38, eldest son Almuhannad, 18, and their 13-year-old daughter Doua’a, had stayed in Mersin, Turkey, where the family fled from Syria in 2012.