Father sets up a GoFundMe account to help his family get back on their feet
A crying baby girl seen in widely circulated photos and videos of a US soldier being handed a barbed wire fence at Kabul airport has been reunited with her family and is now happily in Arizona, according to local outlets. is living.
His father Hameed, known only by his first name for security reasons, was inside the confines of Hamid Karzai International Airport when he saw his wife and newborn among people trying to flee Afghanistan, azfamily.com told.
“That day I handed my baby over to a total stranger,” she told the outlet. “The only thing I could trust was that he was a Marine, and that my daughter would be safe.”
The Marines were filmed lifting the baby by his father’s arms and over barbed wire in a heart-wrenching moment that caught the world’s attention amid the US evacuation from the Taliban-controlled country.
According to the outlet, the family, including mom Saadia and 8-week-old Lia, are now staying safe and comfortable with friends in the Phoenix area.
Hameed, a five-year-old Afghan aide who worked as a linguist and cultural adviser to military officials in Kabul, said he helped evacuate the US for the entire month of August at Kabul airport.
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During that time, for the first time the father was placed in a safe zone and missed the birth of his daughter.
His wife’s delivery was difficult, but as the Taliban reached the capital, they increased their strength to flee their home. By August 12, Hameed said, it was clear he would have to leave.
“We got information that people are being killed, or are going missing. From my affiliation [with the military], I knew my house would be next. It was not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when,'” he told the outlet.
On 19 August, Saadia took her identity documents, some cash and some luggage, and headed to the airport with Liya, then just 16 days old.
At one checkpoint, the Taliban confiscated all of Saadia and her child’s belongings before engaging in chaos outside the small airport gate. Hameed said that he was able to see them from his side of the fence.
Hameed told AzFamily, “They were using water cannons and flashbangs to control the crowd. Every time there was an explosion, I would see my daughter screaming and crying. I couldn’t do anything to help.” could.”
He saw the Taliban beating people in the crowd as people came through the gate with broken limbs and other serious injuries.
“I knew she would never make it past this. She would be crushed, God forbid, or seriously injured,” Hameed said.
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Desperate, Hameed pointed his child to a nearby Marine and asked if he could help him out.
“He told me the only thing he could do was lift him over the barbed wire, but he said it would hurt,” Dad recalled. “I told him I’d take the chance. I’d rather he get hurt than die.”
In the now-iconic photo, Hameed can be seen holding the Marine’s legs as he reaches over the wire and grabs the child, handing him over to Hameed.
It was the first time a father had ever held his daughter. The report said that two minutes later, he was forced to return to work with evacuations.
Saadia, still on the other side of the fence, had collapsed from heat exhaustion but was able to make it to the gate hours later, according to the outlet.
The family was placed on a flight to the US with other refugees later that day.
Hameed told AzFamily that he had no idea how influential Lia’s photos were around the world.
“I think it was so tempting to see what was really happening. It’s one thing for politicians to go on TV and say how good things are. It’s something else entirely on the ground, and when You can see it with your own eyes,” she said.
Although they are now safe, the family did not have any type of ID. The report states that Saadia and Lia also need medical care, but Hameed is unable to take them to a doctor without insurance.
dad founded a gofundme account To help his family get back on their feet as they start their new life.
He said he hopes to one day meet the Marine who helped Lia.
“Oh my god. I’ll hug her. She literally saved my daughter’s life,” Hameed told the outlet.