A crying baby in a massive broadcast photo and video An American soldier is being handed a barbed wire fence She has been reunited with her family at Kabul airport and is now happily living in Arizona, local shops said.
Her father Hamid, who was just Known by its first name For security reasons, while Hamid Karzai was inside the perimeter of the international airport, he saw a large number of his wife and newborn infants trying to flee Afghanistan. azfamily.com Reported.
“I handed my baby over to a complete stranger that day,” he told the outlet. “The only thing I believed in was that he was at sea and my daughter would be safe.”
The Marine was pictured pulling the baby out of her father’s arms and lifting her from the barbed wire to safety, in that heartbreaking moment Caught the attention of the world During US deportation from a Taliban-controlled country.
According to the outlet, the family, including mother Sadia and 8-week-old Leah, is now safe and comfortable with friends in the Phoenix area.
Dab Hamid, a five-year Afghan ally who worked as a linguist and cultural adviser to military officials in Kabul, said he spent the entire August at Kabul airport and helped evacuate the United States.
During that time, for the first time, a father was placed in a safe area and his daughter was not born.
His wife’s delivery was difficult, but the Taliban forced her to flee the house as she approached the capital. By August 12, Hamid said, it was clear they would have to leave.
“We have information that people are being killed or are missing. With my attachment [with the military], I knew my house would be next door. It was a matter of ‘if,’ not ‘when,’ “he told the outlet.
On August 1, Sadia seized her identity card, some cash and some luggage and left for the airport with Leah, who was only 1 day old.
At a checkpoint, Sadia said she and her baby joined the chaos outside the small airport gate before the Taliban confiscated all her belongings. Hamid said he could see them from the side of the fence.
“They were using water cannons and flashbangs to control the crowd. Every time there was a loud noise, I started screaming and crying my daughter. There was nothing that I did to cause it, “said Hamid.
The Taliban were seen beating people in the crowd as people came in with broken limbs and other serious injuries.
“I knew she would never get over it. She will be crushed, God forbid or she will be seriously injured, ”said Hamid.
Desperate, Hamid pointed his baby boat to the nearby sea and asked if it would help him get out.
The father recalled, “He only told me one thing that she could lift him on the barbed wire, but he said it would hurt her. “I told him I would take the opportunity. I hurt her more than I die. ”
In the now iconic photo, Hamid can be seen holding the Marine’s legs as he reaches for the wire and grabs the baby and hands her to Hamid.
This was the first time a father had held his daughter. Two minutes later, he was forced out and returned to work, the report said.
Sadia, still on the other side of the fence, collapsed due to heat exhaustion, but was able to get out of the gate a few hours later, according to the outlet.
Later that day, the family boarded a flight to the United States with other refugees.
Hamid told Azfamily that he had no idea how influential Leah’s images were around the world.
“I think it was very interesting to see what was actually happening. It’s one thing for politicians to go on TV and tell how cool things are. It’s just something on the ground and when you can see it with your own eyes, “he said.
Although he is safe now, the family was released without any identity card. Sadia and Leah also need medical attention, but Hamid is unable to take them to the doctor without insurance, the report said.
The father a GoFundMe account Helping their family to stand on their own two feet as they begin their new life.
“I hope to meet the Marines who help Leah one day,” he said.
“Oh my God. I’ll hug him. He literally saved my daughter’s life,” Hamid told the outlet.