The child, Sohail Ahmadi, was simply two months previous when he went lacking on August 19 as 1000’s of folks rushed to depart Afghanistan because it fell to the Taliban.
Following an unique Reuters story revealed in November together with his footage, the child was positioned in Kabul the place a 29-year-old taxi driver named Hamid Safi had found him in the airport and took him dwelling to elevate as his personal.
Ahmadi advised Reuters in early November in his desperation that day, he handed Sohail over the airport wall to a uniformed soldier who he believed to be an American, totally anticipating he would quickly make it the remaining 5 meters (15 toes) to the doorway to reclaim him.
Just at that second, Taliban forces pushed the group again and it might be one other half an hour earlier than Ahmadi, his spouse and their 4 different kids had been in a position to get inside.
But by then the child was nowhere to be found.
Ahmadi mentioned he searched desperately for his son contained in the airport and was advised by officers that he had probably been taken out of the nation individually and might be reunited with them later.
The US Department of Defense, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security didn’t reply to requests for touch upon Saturday.
Alone in the airport
On the identical day Ahmadi and his family had been separated from their child, Safi had slipped by way of the Kabul airport gates after giving a trip to his brother’s family who had been additionally set to evacuate.
Safi mentioned he found Sohail alone and crying on the bottom. After he mentioned he unsuccessfully tried to find the child’s dad and mom inside, he determined to take the toddler dwelling to his spouse and kids. Safi has three daughters of his personal and mentioned his mom’s biggest want earlier than she died was for him to have a son.
In that second he determined: “I am keeping this baby. If his family is found, I will give him to them. If not, I will raise him myself,” he advised Reuters in an interview in late November.
After the Reuters story concerning the lacking little one got here out, some of Safi’s neighbors — who had observed his return from the airport months earlier with a child — acknowledged the pictures and posted feedback about his whereabouts on a translated model of the article.
Razawi mentioned he traveled two days and two nights to the capital bearing items — together with a slaughtered sheep, a number of kilos of walnuts and clothes — for Safi and his family.
Finally, after feeling they’d run out of choices, Razawi contacted the native Taliban police to report a kidnapping. Safi advised Reuters he denied the allegations to the police and mentioned he was caring for the child, not kidnapping him.
The grievance was investigated and dismissed and the native police commander advised Reuters he helped prepare a settlement, which included an settlement signed with thumbprints by either side. Razawi mentioned the child’s family in the tip agreed to compensate Safi round 100,000 Afghani ($950) for bills incurred taking care of him for 5 months.
In the presence of the police, and amid tons of tears, the child was lastly returned to his family.
Razawi mentioned Safi and his family had been devastated to lose Sohail. “Hamid and his wife were crying, I cried too, but assured them that you both are young, Allah will give you male child. Not one, but several. I thanked both of them for saving the child from the airport,” Razawi mentioned.
The child’s dad and mom advised Reuters they had been overjoyed as they had been in a position to see with their very own eyes the reunion over video chat.
“There are celebrations, dance, singing,” mentioned Razawi. “It is just like a wedding indeed.”
“We need to get the baby back to his mother and father. This is my only responsibility,” his grandfather mentioned. “My wish is that he should return to them.”