After weeks of negotiations and pleas, baby lost in Kabul evacuation is reunited with family

The reunion news of a baby boy who was lost in the chaos of the American evacuation of Kabul, Afghanistan is now in talks where the relatives feel happy to get back their baby back after months. 

On January 8, the baby boy named Sohail Ahmadi was handed over to the parents after he went missing on August 19 as thousands of people rushed to leave Afghanistan as it fell to the Taliban. 

The pictures of the time were published on social media in which it could be seen that boy was handed to an American soldier over a fence, to protect him from the crush as thousands pushed to get into Kabul airport. 

Following an exclusive Reuters story published in November with his pictures, the baby was located in Kabul where a 29-year-old taxi driver named Hamid Safi had found him in the airport and took him home to raise as his own. 

After tensions and worries, the parents of the boy are now in relief to receive him back while they recall the incidents that happened in Afghanistan in August. 

The boy has been handed over to the parents after more than seven weeks of negotiations and pleas, and ultimately brief detention by Taliban police. They said they would now seek to have him reunited with his parents and siblings who were evacuated months ago to the United States.

The boy’s boy’s father who had worked as a security guard at the US embassy and his wife Suraya feared their son would get crushed in the crowd as they neared the airport gates en route to a flight to the United States.

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Ahmadi said he searched desperately for his son inside the airport and was told by officials that he had likely been taken out of the country separately and could be reunited with them later. The rest of the family was evacuated and finally, they ended up at a military base in Texas. For months they had no idea where their son was.

In November last year, the family’s report in Reuters about the baby has grabbed the attention of the 29-year-old taxi driver named Hamid Safi and he said had found Sohail alone and crying on the ground at the airport, the news agency said. After trying to find the boy’s family, he decided to take him home to his wife and children, and raise him as his own son.

The boy was later handed over to his grandparents after negotiations and talks. His parents said they were overjoyed after watching the reunion via video chat. They also hope that arrangements would soon be made for Sohail to be brought to them in the US state of Michigan, where they have now settled.