Dad re­veals his hor­ror of al­most los­ing son

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.”

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