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Iraqi man pictured weeping as he fled is now in Germany

September 10, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — An Iraqi refugee who captured the world’s attention after being pictured weeping as he arrived on a Greek island last month, clutching his son and daughter, is now in Berlin and looking to start a new life.

Laith Majid said Thursday he’s been overwhelmed by the reception his family has received in Germany.

“People know the meaning of love,” he said as his daughter Nour, 7, and son Taha, 9, blew soap bubbles nearby.

Majid, also accompanied by his wife and two older boys, says they’re now looking to move on with their lives.

“We came out from death and I thank Allah for the life we are in now,” he said.

Majid, initially saying he was Syrian, was pictured arriving on Kos in August by the New York Times.

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