Dad reveals his horror of almost losing son
A SYRIAN refugee who has lived in Manchester for 20 years, the boy’s father told the M.E.N. how he ‘didn’t know his son’ in the weeks following the brutal assault.
But with the support of his family – and having found the strength to stand up in court and give evidence against one of the attackers – he says his son is getting his life back on track.
The man said: “I almost lost my child, he was under their feet and that was just so hard. “My children are my life. “But now I have my son back and I am overjoyed.
“The whole family is so happy that justice has been done.”
He said he had promised his son that they would fight to see yesterday’s conviction.
“He wasn’t the boy I knew afterwards but he is starting to rebuild his confidence and he’s back now – a resilient and strong lad, and we are so proud of him.
“He was so brave in court.
“Coming from Syria all those years ago was hard, but Manchester is my home. I’ve built a life here.
“After the Arena attack, such a terrible event, we have had some difficult looks from people, but I have never doubted that those in the right will always win and justice has been done.
“I truly believe that Manchester is the best place to live in the UK – and in Europe.”