Sunday, September 20, 2015

For at least one Syrian refugee: good news

In a September 9 video that went viral, a Hungarian camerawoman named Petra Laszlo was seen tripping Syrian refugee Abdul Mohsen, 52, who was carrying his 7-year-old son Zeid while running across the border from Hungary into Serbia. Zeid suffered a concussion from the fall, but has fully recovered. Laszlo was immediately fired by N1TV, and Hungarian prosecutors have opened a criminal case against her for breach of the peace. But guess what happened to Abdul.

                                                                                                                               Manu Fernandez/AP
He just got a job in Spain! After the media reported that he had been a soccer coach in eastern Syria, he was invited to join the National Center for the Education of Coaches -- Spain's national soccer coaching academy -- in Madrid. The academy used part of its advertising budget to rent an apartment for Abdul and his family. "I love you. I love Madrid. I love Espana," Abdul said as he stepped off the train in Madrid with his son.

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