Afghan baby passed over Kabul airport wall now safely living in US

Scenes of the baby girl's harrowing escape were captured on a video shared all over the world

An Afghan baby who was seen in a viral video being lifted over a Kabul airport wall at the height of the frenzied withdrawal from Afghanistan is safe with her parents in Arizona, according to CBS News.

The widely shared video captured global attention as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August and US and western forces scrambled to leave.

Named Liya, the baby was only 16 days old when she was handed over barbed wire to a US marine by people massed outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Her father Hameed confirmed to CBS News that Liya is with him and his wife in Arizona after they managed to leave Afghanistan.

Hameed, who refrained to share his last name for safety concerns, said he had asked US marines to hoist his daughter over the airport wall as he was already in the facility, assisting service members on their withdrawal.

After her rescue, he worked to bring his wife past airport gates before the three left the country together on a relocation flight that same day.

"I'll tell her she's a fighter," Hameed told CBS News.

"She made it through the worst of times at the beginning of her life."

The family is now residing in the Phoenix area, the capital of southwestern US state of Arizona.

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby in August spoke on the rescue, "I think this was a very humane act of compassion by the marines."

The marines lifting the baby were identified as members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, corps spokesman Maj Jim Stenger told The Marine Corps Times.

Updated: October 4th 2021, 3:00 PM
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