A Heartwarming Story of a Syrian Refugee

Amidst the refugees crisis that is now becoming a big problem for European Union member nations is a beautiful and heartwarming story. Usama Abdul Mohsen, a 52-year old father and his family were forced to flee Al-Raqqa for Turkey because work was nowhere to be found.

Abdul Mohsen set off for Europe with his son Zaid wrapped around his chest when they reached the Serbian border. Father and son were caught by the camera being tripped by a Hungarian journalist who was later identified as Petra Laszio. Father and son soon became the symbol of Europe’s humanitarian crisis but he is now being greeted like a celebrity in Spain.

Usama Abdul Mohsen who is a Syrian professional soccer coach arrived in Spain as a celebrity. His arrival was broadcasted over live television so that almost everyone knew about his story. Abdul Mohsen already has an apartment and the promise of a new job courtesy of CENAFE soccer academy. During a Real Madrid match, Mohsen’s 7-year old son Zaid was invited on the field by none other than the soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Part of Mohsen’s successful story can be attributed to the academy’s director, Miguel Galan who read about Mohsen’s unfortunate experience in the local newspaper. Upon learning that Mohsen is a professional soccer coach in Syria, the Spanish coach decided to help the Syrian coach. He later told NBC News that the help extended to the refugee was all about brotherhood.

Galan reached out to the Syrian coach through a Spanish reporter. The reporter contacted Mohsen so that he can meet with Galan. Mohsen was offered an apartment in a Madrid suburb and a job. It is yet unclear what team he will be coaching because he still has to meet the requirement of being able to speak Spanish.

Right now, Abdul Mohsen is immersed in learning the Spanish language. With the help of Galan, Mohsen hopes that his family can join him in Madrid so that they can seek asylum. Learning Spanish is an easy task for Mohsen compared to the difficulties and trials he endured as a refugee looking for a better life outside his own country.

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