Baby passed over wall in Kabul reunites with family

Outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday, a frenzied crowd of Afghans gathered on the Taliban-controlled side of a...


Outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday, a frenzied crowd of Afghans gathered on the Taliban-controlled side of a concrete wall topped with razor wire to implore a group of Marines to give them access to freedom.

Suddenly, the mass of outstretched hands produced a baby, just a few months old, and held the child up for the soldiers to see. As if handling luggage, a Marine grabbed the infant by one arm, passing the infant behind him before turning back to the crowd.

The scene is heartbreaking to watch, that’s precisely why a video was quickly released around the world, fueling anger over a random evacuation process. The U.S. military was eager to share the baby had been safely reunited with a family member on Friday.

“The baby seen in the video was taken to an on-site medical treatment center and treated by medical professionals,” Marine spokesman Major James Stenger wrote in an email. “I can confirm that the baby has been reunited with his father and is safe at the airport.”

Major Stenger did not provide further details, including the gender of the baby or the number of children taken to similar treatment centers in recent days. But he sent a series of photos showing Marines playing with children at military checkpoints and giving water to children.

“This is a true example of the professionalism of the Marines on site, who make quick decisions in a dynamic situation in support of evacuation operations,” he said.

For two decades, Americans have understood the human cost of the war in Afghanistan primarily through the the deaths of thousands of American and Afghan soldiers. But this week, images of babies and toddlers hoisted into the arms of American commandos highlighted the toll of the innocent, sparking emotional reactions from people around the world.

The rapid resolution of a heart-wrenching, viral photo belied a chaotic, rapidly unfolding scene in which several children were placed in the custody of US troops in ultimate attempts to free them.

Seeking to restore calm in the face of what he called “heartbreaking” images, President Biden said on Friday that some 6,000 US troops were working to restore order. He said he was determined to evacuate the Afghans as well as the Americans, before adding that the rescue of American citizens would come first.

“We have seen heartbreaking images of panicked people acting out of sheer desperation,” Biden said. ” This is quite understandable. They are afraid. They are sad. I don’t think any of us can see these images and not feel this pain on a human level.

Responding to a question about why he had not allowed the military to expand the perimeter around the airport so more people could reach the flights, Mr Biden said he did not want to open the valves, adding: “There will be judgments rendered on the ground by military commanders, and I cannot guess those judgments.”

The army cannot expand the perimeter without the permission of the president.

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