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写真 | 2022年 01月 11日 07:44 JST

Baby lost in chaos of Afghanistan airlift found, returned to family after long ordeal

Hamid Safi, a 29-year-old taxi driver who had found baby Sohail Ahmadi in the airport, cries as he hands over Sohail to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Ahmadi, was just two months old when he went missing on Aug. 19 as thousands of people rushed to leave Afghanistan as it fell to the Taliban.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Hamid Safi, a 29-year-old taxi driver who had found baby Sohail Ahmadi in the airport, cries as he hands over more

Hamid Safi, a 29-year-old taxi driver who had found baby Sohail Ahmadi in the airport, cries as he hands over Sohail to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Ahmadi, was just two months old when he went missing on Aug. 19 as thousands of people rushed to leave Afghanistan as it fell to the Taliban. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Hamid Safi holds Sohail as he poses with his wife Farima Safi in his house in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. During the tumultuous Afghan evacuation over the summer, Mirza Ali Ahmadi - the boy's father who had worked as a security guard at the U.S. embassy - and his wife Suraya feared their son would get crushed in the crowd as they neared the airport gates en route to a flight to the United States.
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Hamid Safi holds Sohail as he poses with his wife Farima Safi in his house in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2more

Hamid Safi holds Sohail as he poses with his wife Farima Safi in his house in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. During the tumultuous Afghan evacuation over the summer, Mirza Ali Ahmadi - the boy's father who had worked as a security guard at the U.S. embassy - and his wife Suraya feared their son would get crushed in the crowd as they neared the airport gates en route to a flight to the United States. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Kaenat Safi, daughter of Hamid Safi, plays with Sohail at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Ahmadi told Reuters in early November in his desperation that day, he handed Sohail over the airport wall to a uniformed soldier who he believed to be an American, fully expecting he would soon make it the remaining 5 meters (15 feet) to the entrance to reclaim him.
Just at that moment, Taliban forces pushed the crowd back and it would be another half an hour before Ahmadi, his wife and their four other children were able to get inside.
But by then the baby was nowhere to be found.   REUTERS/Ali Khara

Kaenat Safi, daughter of Hamid Safi, plays with Sohail at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Ahmmore

Kaenat Safi, daughter of Hamid Safi, plays with Sohail at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Ahmadi told Reuters in early November in his desperation that day, he handed Sohail over the airport wall to a uniformed soldier who he believed to be an American, fully expecting he would soon make it the remaining 5 meters (15 feet) to the entrance to reclaim him. Just at that moment, Taliban forces pushed the crowd back and it would be another half an hour before Ahmadi, his wife and their four other children were able to get inside. But by then the baby was nowhere to be found. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Farima Safi, wife of Hamid Safi, weeps as she feeds Sohail at her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Ahmadi said he searched desperately for his son inside the airport and was told by officials that he had likely been taken out of the country separately and could be reunited with them later.
The rest of the family was evacuated - eventually ending up at a military base in Texas. For months they had no idea where their son was. REUTERS/Ali Khara

Farima Safi, wife of Hamid Safi, weeps as she feeds Sohail at her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022more

Farima Safi, wife of Hamid Safi, weeps as she feeds Sohail at her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Ahmadi said he searched desperately for his son inside the airport and was told by officials that he had likely been taken out of the country separately and could be reunited with them later. The rest of the family was evacuated - eventually ending up at a military base in Texas. For months they had no idea where their son was. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Farima Safi feeds Sohail at her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. With no U.S. embassy in Afghanistan and international organizations overstretched, Afghan refugees have had trouble getting answers on the timing, or possibility, of complex reunifications like this one.

"We are working to reunify the family," a State Department official said.

The timing is still unknown however, said a second U.S. official with knowledge of the situation, because regular evacuation flights are not currently leaving the country. The U.S. government is in discussions with the Qataris as well as parties in Afghanistan about the case, the second official said. REUTERS/Ali Khara

Farima Safi feeds Sohail at her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. With no U.S. embassy in Afghanismore

Farima Safi feeds Sohail at her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. With no U.S. embassy in Afghanistan and international organizations overstretched, Afghan refugees have had trouble getting answers on the timing, or possibility, of complex reunifications like this one. "We are working to reunify the family," a State Department official said. The timing is still unknown however, said a second U.S. official with knowledge of the situation, because regular evacuation flights are not currently leaving the country. The U.S. government is in discussions with the Qataris as well as parties in Afghanistan about the case, the second official said. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Baby Sohail Ahmadi sits inside the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. On the same day Ahmadi and his family were separated from their baby, Safi had slipped through the Kabul airport gates after giving a ride to his brother's family who were also set to evacuate.

Safi said he found Sohail alone and crying on the ground. After he said he unsuccessfully tried to locate the baby's parents inside, he took the infant home to his wife and children. Safi has three daughters of his own and said his mother's greatest wish before she died was for him to have a son.

In that moment he decided: "I am keeping this baby. If his family is found, I will give him to them. If not, I will raise him myself," he told Reuters in an interview in late November.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Baby Sohail Ahmadi sits inside the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. On the same daymore

Baby Sohail Ahmadi sits inside the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. On the same day Ahmadi and his family were separated from their baby, Safi had slipped through the Kabul airport gates after giving a ride to his brother's family who were also set to evacuate. Safi said he found Sohail alone and crying on the ground. After he said he unsuccessfully tried to locate the baby's parents inside, he took the infant home to his wife and children. Safi has three daughters of his own and said his mother's greatest wish before she died was for him to have a son. In that moment he decided: "I am keeping this baby. If his family is found, I will give him to them. If not, I will raise him myself," he told Reuters in an interview in late November. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Hamid Safi holds Sohail next to Sohail's grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi and a Taliban representative in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. 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.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Hamid Safi holds Sohail next to Sohail's grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi and a Taliban representative in Kabmore

Hamid Safi holds Sohail next to Sohail's grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi and a Taliban representative in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. 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. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Baby Sohail Ahmadi drinks milk from a bottle inside the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. Safi told Reuters that he took him to the doctor for a check-up after he was found and quickly incorporated the child into his family. They called the baby Mohammad Abed and posted pictures of all the children together on his Facebook page.

After the Reuters story about the missing child came out, some of Safi's neighbors - who had noticed his return from the airport months earlier with a baby - recognized the photos and posted comments about his whereabouts on a translated version of the article.

Ahmadi asked his relatives still in Afghanistan, including his father-in-law Mohammad Qasem Razawi, 67, who lives in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, to seek out Safi and ask him to return Sohail to the family.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Baby Sohail Ahmadi drinks milk from a bottle inside the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, more

Baby Sohail Ahmadi drinks milk from a bottle inside the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. Safi told Reuters that he took him to the doctor for a check-up after he was found and quickly incorporated the child into his family. They called the baby Mohammad Abed and posted pictures of all the children together on his Facebook page. After the Reuters story about the missing child came out, some of Safi's neighbors - who had noticed his return from the airport months earlier with a baby - recognized the photos and posted comments about his whereabouts on a translated version of the article. Ahmadi asked his relatives still in Afghanistan, including his father-in-law Mohammad Qasem Razawi, 67, who lives in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, to seek out Safi and ask him to return Sohail to the family. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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A relative of baby Sohail Ahmadi puts fingerprints on an agreement before the baby was handed over to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Razawi said he traveled two days and two nights to the capital bearing gifts - including a slaughtered sheep, several pounds of walnuts and clothing - for Safi and his family.

But Safi refused to release Sohail, insisting he also wanted to be evacuated from Afghanistan with his family. Safi's brother, who was evacuated to California, said Safi and his family have no pending applications for U.S. entry. REUTERS/Ali Khara

A relative of baby Sohail Ahmadi puts fingerprints on an agreement before the baby was handed over to his granmore

A relative of baby Sohail Ahmadi puts fingerprints on an agreement before the baby was handed over to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Razawi said he traveled two days and two nights to the capital bearing gifts - including a slaughtered sheep, several pounds of walnuts and clothing - for Safi and his family. But Safi refused to release Sohail, insisting he also wanted to be evacuated from Afghanistan with his family. Safi's brother, who was evacuated to California, said Safi and his family have no pending applications for U.S. entry. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Hamid Safi displays his mobile phone with his interview report published in media in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. Finally, after feeling they had run out of options, Razawi contacted the local Taliban police to report a kidnapping. Safi told Reuters he denied the allegations to the police and said he was caring for the baby, not kidnapping him.

The complaint was investigated and dismissed and the local police commander told Reuters he helped arrange a settlement, which included an agreement signed with thumbprints by both sides. Razawi said the baby's family in the end agreed to compensate Safi around 100,000 Afghani ($950) for expenses incurred looking after him for five months. REUTERS/Ali Khara

Hamid Safi displays his mobile phone with his interview report published in media in Kabul, Afghanistan, Januamore

Hamid Safi displays his mobile phone with his interview report published in media in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 7, 2022. Finally, after feeling they had run out of options, Razawi contacted the local Taliban police to report a kidnapping. Safi told Reuters he denied the allegations to the police and said he was caring for the baby, not kidnapping him. The complaint was investigated and dismissed and the local police commander told Reuters he helped arrange a settlement, which included an agreement signed with thumbprints by both sides. Razawi said the baby's family in the end agreed to compensate Safi around 100,000 Afghani ($950) for expenses incurred looking after him for five months. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Mohammad Qasem Razawi, grandfather of baby Sohail Ahmadi, holds him at the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Razawi said Safi and his family were devastated to lose Sohail. "Hamid and his wife were crying, I cried too, but assured them that you both are young, Allah will give you male child. Not one, but several. I thanked both of them for saving the child from the airport," Razawi said.

"We need to get the baby back to his mother and father. This is my only responsibility," he said.

The baby's parents told Reuters they were overjoyed as they were able to see with their own eyes the reunion over video chat.

    "There are celebrations, dance, singing," said Razawi. "It is just like a wedding indeed."  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Mohammad Qasem Razawi, grandfather of baby Sohail Ahmadi, holds him at the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghamore

Mohammad Qasem Razawi, grandfather of baby Sohail Ahmadi, holds him at the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Razawi said Safi and his family were devastated to lose Sohail. "Hamid and his wife were crying, I cried too, but assured them that you both are young, Allah will give you male child. Not one, but several. I thanked both of them for saving the child from the airport," Razawi said. "We need to get the baby back to his mother and father. This is my only responsibility," he said. The baby's parents told Reuters they were overjoyed as they were able to see with their own eyes the reunion over video chat. "There are celebrations, dance, singing," said Razawi. "It is just like a wedding indeed." REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Baby Sohail Ahmadi drinks milk from a bottle inside the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Now Ahmadi and his wife and other children, who in early December were able to move off the military base and resettle in an apartment in Michigan are still finding their footing and focused on their son's return.

"I was so sad and always crying for my baby," said his mother Suraya. "Now I hope he arrives here safely. Last night, I did not sleep due to happiness." REUTERS/Ali Khara

Baby Sohail Ahmadi drinks milk from a bottle inside the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, more

Baby Sohail Ahmadi drinks milk from a bottle inside the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. Now Ahmadi and his wife and other children, who in early December were able to move off the military base and resettle in an apartment in Michigan are still finding their footing and focused on their son's return. "I was so sad and always crying for my baby," said his mother Suraya. "Now I hope he arrives here safely. Last night, I did not sleep due to happiness." REUTERS/Ali Khara
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A Taliban representative speaks with Mirza Ali Ahmadi, father of baby Sohail Ahmadi over video at the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara

A Taliban representative speaks with Mirza Ali Ahmadi, father of baby Sohail Ahmadi over video at the house ofmore

A Taliban representative speaks with Mirza Ali Ahmadi, father of baby Sohail Ahmadi over video at the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Hamid Safi cries as he holds Sohail before handing him over to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Hamid Safi cries as he holds Sohail before handing him over to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul,more

Hamid Safi cries as he holds Sohail before handing him over to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Hamid Safi cries as he hugs Sohail before handing him over to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Hamid Safi cries as he hugs Sohail before handing him over to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul, more

Hamid Safi cries as he hugs Sohail before handing him over to his grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Hamid Safi is kissed by Sohail's grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi at his home in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Hamid Safi is kissed by Sohail's grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi at his home in Kabul, Afghanistan, January more

Hamid Safi is kissed by Sohail's grandfather Mohammad Qasem Razawi at his home in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by a relative as they leave the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara

Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by a relative as they leave the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, Januamore

Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by a relative as they leave the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by his grandmother as they leave then house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by his grandmother as they leave then house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan,more

Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by his grandmother as they leave then house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by his grandmother as they leave then house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by his grandmother as they leave then house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan,more

Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by his grandmother as they leave then house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by his grandmother as they leave the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Ali Khara

Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by his grandmother as they leave the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, more

Baby Sohail Ahmadi is carried by his grandmother as they leave the house of Hamid Safi in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara
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