Sohail Ahmadi, a baby of two months, disappeared in August as thousands fled Afghanistan after it was overthrown by the Taliban.
The baby was found in Kabul by Hamid Safi, a taxi driver aged 29, who had seen him at the airport. He then took him home to care for him.
Ahmadi stated to Reuters in early November that he had given Sohail the airport walls to a soldier in uniform who he believed was an American. He was certain that he would make it the remaining five metres (15 feet) to the entrance in order to reclaim him.
At that instant, Taliban forces drove the crowd back. Ahmadi, his wife, and four of their other children would not be able to enter for another half hour.
However, the baby was not found.
Ahmadi stated that he was desperate to find his son at the airport, but officials told him that he likely had been separated from the family and could be reunited later.
On Saturday, the US Department of Defense, State Department and Department of Homeland Security didn’t respond to our requests for comment.
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Ahmadi and his family were separated with their baby on the same day that Ahmadi was taken from them. Safi, who had given a ride to his brother’s family as they were also evacuated, slipped through Kabul’s airport gates.
Safi claimed that he found Sohail crying on the ground alone. He said that he tried unsuccessfully to find the baby’s parents, but failed. After this, he decided to bring the infant home to his children and wife. Safi is the father of three daughters and stated that his mother wanted him to have a boy.
He decided that he would keep the baby. If his family is located, I will give the baby to them. “If not, I’ll raise him myself,” he stated to Reuters in a November interview.
Following the Reuters story on the missing child, Safi’s neighbors recognized the photos and made comments about his whereabouts in a translated version.
Razawi stated that he traveled to the capital two days and two night carrying gifts, including a slaughtered lamb, several pounds worth of walnuts and clothing for Safi and family.
After feeling exhausted, Razawi called the Taliban police to report a kidnapping. Reuters heard from Safi, who said he denies the allegations and that he was caring about the baby, not kidnapping it.
The local police commander said that he assisted in arranging a settlement. This included an agreement signed by both parties with thumbprints. Razawi claimed that the baby’s parents eventually agreed to pay Safi about 100,000 Afghani ($950), for expenses incurred caring for him over five months.
In the presence and tears of police officers, the baby was finally returned home to his parents.
Razawi said that Sohail was the loss of Safi, his wife and their family. “Hamid and his wife were crying. I also cried with them, but I assured them that they are both young and Allah will give them a male child. I didn’t say one, but many. Razawi stated, “I thanked them both for saving the child at the airport.”
Reuters reported that the parents of the baby were delighted to have been able see their child’s reunion via video chat.
Razawi stated, “There is celebrations, dancing, singing.” It is very similar to a wedding.
“We must get the baby back from his mother and father. His grandfather stated that this is his only responsibility. “My wish for him is that he would return to them.”