Afghan Baby who was Handed to U.S. Soldier to Avoid him Being Crushed During Kabul Evacuation is Finally Returned to his Family

Hamid Safi, a 29-year-old taxi driver who had found baby Sohail Ahmadi in the airport, holds Sohail as he poses with his wife Farima Safi in his house in Kabul

An infant boy handed in desperation to a soldier across an airport wall in the chaos of the American evacuation of Afghanistan has been found and was reunited with his relatives in Kabul on Saturday.

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Sohail Ahmadi was just two months old when he went missing on August 19 as thousands of people rushed to leave Afghanistan as it fell to the Taliban.

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 more than seven weeks of negotiations and pleas, and ultimately a brief detention by Taliban police, Safi finally handed the child back to his jubilant grandfather and other relatives still in Kabul.

They said they would now seek to have him reunited with his parents and siblings who were evacuated months ago to the United States.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Isabella Nikolic

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