The crying baby seen in the widespread spread of photos and videos handing a barbed wire fence to an American soldier at the airport in Kabul his family was reunited and is now happily living in Arizona, according to local outlets.
His father Hameed, who was alone identified by his first name for security reasons, was inside the perimeter of Hamid Karzai International Airport when he saw his wife and newborn among the crowd trying to flee Afghanistan, azfamily.com reported
“That day I gave my baby to a complete stranger,” he told the outlet. “The only thing I trust is that she is a Marine, and my daughter will be safe.”
The sailors are filmed taking the baby from his father’s arms and lifting him over the barbed wire to safety, in an offensive moment that caught the world’s attention amid U.S. evacuations from the Taliban -controlled country.
The family, along with mother Sadia and 8-week-old Liya, are now safe and comfortable staying with friends in the Phoenix area, according to the outlet.
Dad Hameed, a five -year Afghan ally who worked in Kabul as a language and cultural adviser for military officials, said he spent the entire month of August at Kabul airport assisting the U.S. with evacuations.
Over time, the first time father was kept in a safe place and missed the birth of his daughter.
Her husband had a difficult delivery but mustered up the strength to flee his home as the Taliban approached the capital. Neither, Aug. 12, Hameed said, clearly they had to leave.
“We got the intel that people were killed, or missing. Through my affiliate [with the military], I know my house is next. It’s not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when,’ ”he told the outlet.
On August 19, Sadia took her identity documents, some money and some belongings and went to the airport with Liya, then only 16 days.
At a checkpoint, Sadia said the Taliban took all of her belongings before she and her baby joined the riot outside the small gate of the airport. Hameed said he could see them from his side of the fence.
“They use water cannons and flashbangs to control the crowd. Every time a gunshot comes out, I see my daughter screaming and crying. I can’t do anything to help,” Hameed told azfamily.
He watched the Taliban beat people in the crowd as people came in the door with broken limbs and other severe injuries.
“I knew he couldn’t get through it. He was crushed to death, God forbid, or seriously injured,” Hameed said.
Desperate, Hameed pointed his baby to a nearby sea and asked if he could help him get stuck.
“He told me that the only thing he could do was lift him over the barbed wire, but he said he would get hurt,” the father recalled. “I told him I would take the chance. I would rather hurt him than die. ”
In today’s iconic photo, Hameed can be seen holding the legs of the sea while reaching for the wire and holding the baby, which is handed to Hameed.
This was the first time the father had touched his daughter. Two minutes later, he was forced to return to work with the evacuees, the report said.
Sadia, who was still on the other side of the fence, collapsed from heat exhaustion, but was able to get through the gate for several hours, 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 has no clue how much Liya’s images affect the world.
“I think it’s very fascinating to see what’s really going on. It’s something for politicians to go on TV and say how good things are. It’s completely different on earth, and if you can see it using your own eyes, ”he said.
Although they are now safe, the family was left without any forms of ID. Sadia and Liya also needed medical care, but Hameed did not take them to see a doctor without insurance, the report said.
Dad set up a GoFundMe account to help his family stand up to the start of their new life.
He said he hoped to meet one day at sea that helped Liya.
“My God. I will hug him. He literally saved my daughter’s life, ”Hameed told the outlet.