The Syrian father and son who became the focus of international outrage when footage emerged of them being kicked and tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman, have safely reached their destination of Germany.
Osama Abdel-Muhsen Alghadab was attempting to cross the Hungarian-Serbian border when he was tripped by Petra Laszlo, and he and his seven-year-old son, Zaid, tumbled to the ground.
Alghadab, 52, told MailOnline that his 12-day journey from Turkey took him treacherous rubber dinghy to the Greek Island of Kos. He reached Munich on Saturday.
“Some parts of the journey were on foot and some were by car or coach,” he told MailOnline.
The father-of-four described the “chaos” of the Hungarian-Serbian crossing, when huge crowds became frustrated at not being allowed to pass.
“It was chaotic, people started to push. I didn’t see where it came from, I didn’t know if it was a cameraman or a policeman. I just felt myself falling to the ground,” he added.
After further videos emerged of the N1TV camerawoman kicking a young girl, Laszlo was forced to apologize, saying “something snapped” inside her.
The family is from Deir ez-Zor in Syria, a town decimated by war.
“We had a normal life until the war happened in our area,' he said. 'We stayed for a while and waited but after the big destruction we fled. We went to Turkey at the end of 2012.”
Alghadab and his son were among 12,200 refugees to arrive in Munich yesterday, according to German police.
“I stayed at a friend's house in Munich (last night) and now I want to find a hotel,” he said. “In the future I want to bring my wife and children here … I don't want them to do the same journey, I want them to do it legally.”