The crying baby seen in a widely circulated photo and video handing over a barbed wire fence to a U.S. soldier at Kabul airport has been reunited with her family and is now happily living in the Riz Rezona, local shops said.
Her father, Hamid, who was only known by his first name for security reasons, was inside the perimeter of Hamid Karzai International Airport when he saw his wife and newborn in a crowd of people 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 a MarineAnd my daughter will be safe. “
The Marine was pictured pulling the baby out of her father’s arms and leading her to safety from the barbed wire that caught the world’s attention in a heartbreaking moment. Taliban controlled country.
According to the outlet, the family with mother Saadia and 8-week-old Leah are now safe and comfortable with friends in the Phoenix area.
Hamid, a five-year-old Afghan ally working as a linguist and cultural adviser to military officials in Kabul, said he helped evacuate the United States from Kabul airport throughout August.
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. According to my affiliation [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, only 1 day after that.
At one checkpoint, she and her baby joined the chaos outside the small airport gate before the Taliban confiscated all of Sadia’s luggage. 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 bang, I could see my daughter screaming and crying. I couldn’t do anything to help,” Hamid told Azfamily.
The Taliban were seen beating people in the crowd as people came in with broken limbs and other serious injuries.
Hamid said, “I knew she would never get out of this. She would be crushed, God forbid, or seriously injured.”
Desperate, Hamid directed his baby to the nearest Marine and asked if he would help get her out.
“The only thing he told me was that she could lift him on the barbed wire, but he said it would hurt her,” the father recalled. “I told him I would take a chance. It would hurt her more than I would die.”
In the now iconic photo, Hamid is seen holding the Marine’s legs as he reaches for the wire and grabs the baby and hands her over 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 what the good stuff is. It’s absolutely 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 one day who helped Leah,” he said.
“Oh my God. I’ll hug him. He literally saved my daughter’s life,” Hamid told the outlet.