The baby, Sohail Ahmadi, was two months old when his family was unable to locate him on August 19 amid the chaos at the Kabul airport. The baby’s parents and four more siblings were flown to Qatar, then to a US military base in Germany, and finally to Michigan in the United States. All this time, the family had no idea where the baby was.
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Thanks to media reports of the family’s search for the missing baby, Sohail was eventually found. On November 29, on a popular morning show on the Afghan channel TOLO TV, a taxi driver told that he found Sohail crying on the ground at the airport. When he couldn’t find the baby’s relatives after hours of searching, he took him home. Hamid said there were scratches on the baby’s chest when he found him.
According to the baby’s father, Mirza Ali Ahmadi, who had worked as a security guard at the US embassy before the US military left, Hamid initially refused to extradite Sohail. He wanted to be evacuated to the US together with the baby. After an intervention by the Taliban, the baby was returned to his grandfather in a ceremony on Saturday.
Ahmadi’s family is now calling on the US and the Red Cross, which works in war zones to reunite families torn by conflict, to help bring the baby to the US.