An extraordinary photo shows the heartbreaking moment a wailing baby was handed over to an American soldier at the Kabul airport, where desperate Afghans have been trying to flee from the Taliban-controlled country.
The soldier plucked the child, reported to be a girl, over barbed wire during the chaos at Hamid Karzai International Airport, where families were attacked by the extremists as they sought to make their way to the airfield, The Sun reported.
“The mothers were desperate, they were getting beaten by the Taliban. They shouted, ‘Save my baby!’ and threw the babies at us. Some of the babies fell on the barbed wire,” a British officer told the UK’s Independent.
“It was awful what happened. By the end of the night, there wasn’t one man among us who was not crying,” he added.
The nonprofit organization Rise to Peace posted a series of video clips of the pandemonium earlier this week — a mass of anguished civilians outside the airport in which some people waved passports and other identification documents.
Other harrowing images have shown people handing their children over walls to soldiers.