The boy reunites with his family after a gap of 5 months, handing over to a soldier during the chaos of Afghanistan airport


This is the moment a male child reunites with his relatives, separated from his parents during the collapse of the chaos in Afghanistan five months ago.

Sohail Ahmadi was just two months old when he disappeared on August 19, when thousands of people rushed to leave the country during the fall of Kabul.

The taxi driver who found and took the baby has finally handed the baby back to his grandfather.

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The taxi driver who found and took the baby has finally handed the baby back to his grandfather.Credit: lbl
US forces were handed over the perimeter wall of the airport to evacuate Baby Sohail

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US forces were handed over the perimeter wall of the airport to evacuate Baby SohailCredit: AFP

After a lbl news release with pictures of him in November, 29-year-old taxi driver Hamid Safi found the baby in Kabul and was taken home to raise his own child.

But after more than seven weeks of negotiations and appeals, and finally a brief arrest by the Taliban police, Safi yesterday finally handed Baby Sohail to his happy grandfather and other relatives in Kabul.

He said he is now trying to reunite with his mum Suraya and father Mirza Ali Ahmadi, who moved to the United States months ago.

Fugitive parents feared that their son would be shy in the crowd when he arrived at the airport gate on the flight path to the United States.

In his desperation that day, Mirza handed the airport wall to a uniformed soldier who believed he was American, fully expecting that he would soon make the remaining five meters of the 15-foot entrance.

At that moment, Taliban forces pushed back the crowd and it would still be half an hour before Ahmadi, his wife and four other children could get inside.

But the child was nowhere to be found.

Ahmadi said authorities had told him that he was desperately searching for his son inside the airport and that he was taken out of the country separately and then reunited with him.

The rest of the family was evacuated – eventually ending up in a military base in Texas. For months they had no idea where their son was.

The case highlights the plight of many parents who were separated from their children during the hasty evacuation effort and the withdrawal of US troops from the country after 20 years of war.

On the same day, Ahmadi and his family separated from their child, Sophie slipped after riding her brother’s family through the gates of Kabul airport, ready to evacuate.

Safi said she found Sohail alone crying on the floor.

A very happy grandfather Mohammed Qasim holds Razavi's baby Sohail Ahmadi

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A very happy grandfather Mohammed Qasim holds Razavi’s baby Sohail AhmadiCredit: lbl
The little boy laughs when he meets his relatives

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The little boy laughs when he meets his relativesCredit: AFP

After failing to locate the child’s parents, he decided to take the child home to his wife and children.

Safi has three daughters of his own and his mother’s big desire before he died was to have a son.

They called the baby Mohammed Abed and posted pictures of all the kids together on their Facebook page.

After the lbl story about the missing child, some neighbors of Safi – who had noticed her returning from the airport with the baby months ago – spotted the photos and posted comments about her whereabouts in the translated version of the article.

Ahmadi still asked his relatives in Afghanistan, his father-in-law Mohammed Qasem Razavi, 67, who lives in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, to seek Safi and return Sohail to the family.

Little Lad Tracked Down

Razavi said he traveled to the capital two days and two nights carrying gifts, including sheep, several pounds of walnuts and clothes for Safi and his family.

But Safi refused to release Sohail, demanding that he move with his family from Afghanistan.

Razavi then contacted local Taliban police to report the abduction.

Safi told lbl that the police had denied the allegations and that the child had not been abducted but looked after the child.

The complaint was investigated and dismissed, and he helped local police commander lbl arrange a settlement, including an agreement signed with thumb marks on both sides.

Razavi said the child’s family had agreed to compensate Safi for about 100,000 Afghans (£ 700) for the cost of looking after him for five months.

In the presence of the police, and amid a lot of tears, the baby was eventually returned to her relatives.

The child was separated when his family moved from Kabul

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The child was separated when his family moved from KabulCredit: AFP



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