Shocking footage showing an orphanage manager relentlessly beating children has sparked outrage since being posted online.
Osama Mohamed Othman is the manager of Egypt’s Dar Mecca Al-Mokarama Orphanage, and the video, which was shot by the man’s estranged wife, has gone viral since being posted online. In the clip, Othman can be seen beating the children with a stick and repeatedly kicking them until they cry and run away.
“He used to beat the children and that's why I filmed him and uploaded it online in order to expose him,” said Othman’s now estranged wife Elham Eid Awad, according to reports.
The video quickly went viral and now, Othman has reportedly been arrested. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison for the abuse. The children have also reportedly been transferred to another orphanage, and according to an Egyptian activist via Twitter, “The kids are so happy, as if they just got freed from a prison.”
An investigation continues as Othman remains in police custody.