The wailing child seen in widely-circulated photographs and video being handed over a barbed wire fence to an American soldier on the Kabul airport has been reunited along with her household and is now dwelling fortunately in Arizona, in line with native shops.
Her father Hameed, who was solely recognized by his first identify for safety causes, was contained in the perimeter of the Hamid Karzai International Airport when he noticed his spouse and new child amid the mass of individuals making an attempt to flee Afghanistan, azfamily.com reported.
“That day I handed over my baby to a total stranger,” he advised the outlet. “The only thing I trusted is that he was a Marine, and that my daughter would be safe.”
Marines have been filmed plucking the child from her dad’s arms and lifting her over the barbed wire to security, in a heartbreaking second that grabbed the world’s consideration amid the US evacuations from the Taliban-controlled nation.
The household, together with mother Sadia and 8-week previous Liya, is now protected and comfy staying with buddies within the Phoenix space, in line with the outlet.
Dad Hameed, who a five-year Afghan ally who labored in Kabul as a linguist and cultural advisor for navy officers, stated he spent the whole month of August within the Kabul airport aiding the US with evacuations.
During the time, the first-time dad was stored in a safe space and missed the start of his daughter.
His spouse had a troublesome supply however labored up the energy to flee her house because the Taliban approached the capital. By, Aug. 12, Hameed stated, it was clear they must depart.
“We got intel that people were getting killed, or going missing. By my affiliation [with the military], I knew my home would be next. It wasn’t a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when,’” he advised the outlet.
On Aug. 19, Sadia grabbed her identification paperwork, some money and some belongings and headed to the airport with Liya, then simply 16 days previous.
At a checkpoint, Sadia stated the Taliban seized all of her belongings earlier than she and her child joined the chaos exterior the small airport gate. Hameed stated he was in a position to see them from his aspect of the fence.
“They were using water cannons and flashbangs to control the crowd. Every time a bang went off, I could see my daughter start screaming and crying. I couldn’t do anything to help,” Hameed advised azfamily.
He watched the Taliban beat folks within the crowd as folks got here by the gates with damaged limbs and different extreme accidents.
“I knew she’d never make it through. She’d be crushed to death, God forbid, or severely injured,” Hameed stated.
Desperate, Hameed identified his child to a close-by marine and requested if he might assist her recover from.
“He told me the only thing he could do was lift her over the barbed wire, but he said she’d be hurt,” the dad recalled. “I told him I’ll take the chance. I’d rather her get hurt than die.”
In the now-iconic photograph, Hameed may be seen holding down the marine’s legs as he reaches over the wire and grabs the child, handing her to Hameed.
This was the primary time the daddy ever held his daughter. Two minutes later, he was compelled to return to work with the evacuations, the report stated.
Sadia, nonetheless on the opposite aspect of the fence, had collapsed from warmth exhaustion, however was in a position to make it by the gate hours later, in line with the outlet.
The household was placed on a flight heading in direction of the US with different refugees later that day.
Hameed advised azfamily that he had no clue how impactful the photographs of Liya had been all over the world.
“I think it was very captivating to see what was actually happening. It’s one thing for politicians to go on TV and say how fine things are. It’s totally something else on the ground, and when you can see it with your own eyes,” he stated.
Though they’re now protected, the household was left with none types of ID. Sadia and Liya additionally want medical care, however Hameed is unable to take them to see a physician with out insurance coverage, the report stated.
The dad arrange a GoFundMe account to assist his household get on their toes as they begin their new life.
He stated he hopes to as soon as day meet the marine who helped Liya.
“Oh my God. I’d give him a hug. He literally saved my daughter’s life,” Hameed advised the outlet.