The missing baby in Kabul is reunited with the family
A little boy separated from his parents in the chaos of the American evacuation from Afghanistan has finally reunited with his family.
The Taliban had just taken control of the country in August and many Afghans were desperately trying to flee.
Sohail Ahmadi, two months old, was handed over to a U.S. soldier over a fence to protect him from rallies as thousands of people were pushed to enter Kabul airport.
But once his family got on the plane, Sohail was nowhere to be found.
After a furious but futile search for the baby, his father Mirza Ali Ahmadi, who had worked as a security guard at the US embassy, ??mother Suraya and their four other children were sent on an evacuation flight to the US.
For months they had no idea where their little boy was.
But after reading a Reuters report on the family search for Sohail, in November the child was tracked down at the home of a 29-year-old taxi driver named Hamid Safi.
Safi said he had found Sohail alone and crying on the ground at the airport, the news agency said. After trying to find the boy's family, he decided to take him home to his wife and children and raise him as his son.
They named the baby Mohammad Abed and posted photos of all the children together on Mr.'s website. Safi on Facebook.
When Sohail's whereabouts were confirmed, the baby's grandfather, Mohammad Qasem Razawi, who lives in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, made a long trip to Kabul to demand that the baby be returned.
However, Safi refused to hand over the baby and demanded that he and his family also be evacuated to the US, according to Reuters.
After seven weeks of negotiations - and a brief ban on Mr. Safi - Taliban police organized a settlement between the two families and the baby was returned to his grandfather on Saturday, Reuters reported.
His parents said they were very happy to see the reunion via video chat.