Today marks one year since Hungarian camerawoman Petra Laszlo tripped and kicked migrants who were running from a police line in Southern Hungary.
“The accused, while she continued filming the scene, kicked a young man in the shin with a swift movement of her right foot, and immediately after that, she also kicked a minor girl at knee high with her right leg,” Chief Prosecutor Zsolt Kopasz stated.
The most infamous of these kicks was the one she aimed at Osama Abdul Mohsen, a Syrian from the Deir ez-Zor province. In his arms was a small child, his 7-year-old son.
After Laszlo stuck out her leg, both father and son tumbled to the ground. The incident was caught on tape and went viral, inciting outrage worldwide. This past Wednesday, Laszlo was indicted for her actions and now faces charges.
Today, Abdel Mohsen and his two sons, Mohammad, age 17, and Zaid, age 8, are getting along pretty well in Spain.
They were invited there from Germany by Miguel Ángel Galán, an owner of a soccer coaching school in Spain. Located in Getafe, south of Madrid, Cenafe Academy is Europe’s biggest soccer coaching school.
Galan saw the video, and it caught his attention. After some research, he learned that Abdel Mohsen was a former soccer coach back in Syria, and that’s when he decided to reach out.
Abdel Mohsen was offered a job as a soccer coach in Cenafe Academy and a spacious apartment five minutes away. His work visa would be sponsored and the pay was enough to send to his wife and two other kids back home. Abdel Mohsen took Galan up on the offer.
They found themselves local celebrities, scoring VIP tickets to a Real Madrid game and meeting soccer superstar Christiano Ronaldo. In their apartment rests a soccer ball — signed by all 24 members of the Real Madrid team. His sons are in school and are quickly picking up the local language. His only qualm is his family back at home, who he is still trying to get papers for in order to join him.
Meanwhile, in an ironic turn of events, Laszlo is considering an immigration of her own. Right after the incident, she was quickly fired by Hungary’s N1TV network. On Wednesday, Hungarian prosecutors indicted her for her act of violence. She says her life has been “ruined” by her actions and is considering a move to Russia. Hope no one sticks a leg out on the way in.