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Heart-breaking images of Afghan women handing over children to US soldiers

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The U.S. military on Friday released a series of photos showing its military taking care of Afghan children and infants at Kabul airport, where chaotic evictions have drawn sharp criticism in the United States.

Images of civilians reaching out and moving a child towards American servants guarding an airport in the Afghan capital have gone viral. In this video posted on Twitter on Thursday, we see a soldier grabbing a baby with one hand, breaking his diaper in half and passing it through a barbed wire fence to the soldiers behind him, then lowering him down from the other side.

On Friday, August 20, 2021, a US serviceman held an Afghan child in his arms at Kabul airport.
US Federal Command Public Affairs – ISAIAH CAMPBELL

On Friday, August 20, 2021, a US serviceman held an Afghan child in his arms at Kabul airport.

On Friday, August 20, 2021, a US serviceman held an Afghan child in his arms at Kabul airport.
US Federal Command Public Affairs – ISAIAH CAMPBELL

When asked about the video, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said it was an “act of compassion.” “A parent asked the Navy to take care of the child because the child was sick,” he told a news conference Friday. “So, the navy stretched out its hand over the wall and took him to a Norwegian hospital at the airport. They treated the child and handed him over to the father,” he says. John Kirby admitted that he did not know where the baby was now.

The baby, who was handed over to the U.S. Navy at an airport in Afghanistan, was safe and reunited with their family, officials said Friday. The shocking video of the incident went viral, sparking outrage in the process of a risk evacuation from the country. https://t.co/KKdmbIzVtF pic.twitter.com/qs4PnBEFAU

– New York Times (ntimes) August 20, 2021

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The United States has been embroiled in controversy since the Taliban’s capture of Kabul on Sunday, with thousands of people fleeing the airport and the first images of chaos in and around the airport. Joe Biden acknowledged on Friday that the move was “the hardest in history” and could not guarantee an “end”.

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