Funny how things turn out sometimes, isn’t it?
This might be the best thing that’s happened to Osama Abdul Mohsen in months.
Mohsen is the man carrying a child who
was tripped by a Hungarian TV journalist — since fired — when they made a run for it while trying to escape the war in Syria.
The attention the trip garnered included the fact he was a soccer coach in Syria, which prompted a soccer academy in Spain to step forward and help rebuild his life.
Early this morning,
Mohsen stepped off a train in Spain. He’ll have a job and his family will have a place to live. Syrian Osama Abdul Mohsen, left, holds his son Zaid as they arrive at the Barcelona train station on Wednesday, Sept.16, 2015. The Syrian refugee tripped at a border hotspot by a Hungarian journalist in an incident captured on video that generated global outrage will live in a Madrid suburb after a Spanish soccer academy convinced him to take an apartment offer and help to rebuild his life, an official with the school said Wednesday. Osama Abdul Mohsen was on a train expected to arrive in Madrid at midnight Wednesday. Manu Fernandez | AP
“Now I feel that I am (flying) in the sky,” he told people waiting for him at the train station in Barcelona with his son Zaid and another son. “I am very happy.”
About the blogger
Bob Collins was with Minnesota Public Radio from 1992-2019. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.