The video from the Afghan airport in Kabul, showing a several-month-old child being handed over to soldiers over a wall with barbed wire, circulated the Internet. The baby was cared for by, among others, British Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Caesar, who – having a child of a similar age – took care of the girl. She and her mother managed to get out of Afghanistan.
During the evacuation from Kabul taken over by the Taliban, recordings appeared on the web showing American and British soldiers taking over small children served from below, above a wall with barbed wire. On one of the published recordings you can see a girl passed over the wall British and American soldiers. In the second – a younger child, also a girl who was handed over to the military by the same route.
Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Caesar, who worked during the evacuation from the capital of Afghanistan in the hospital for the wounded, told about the fate of the younger girl on the BBC. The military man is a trauma surgeon and orthopedist by profession. He was among the soldiers who took over the child.
The girl was anxious. The soldier disguised her and fed her
The lieutenant colonel admitted that the girl felt uneasy about being separated from her family and because she was surrounded by people she did not know but was “relatively healthy” compared to other people who were looked after by soldiers and medics in the hospital. He recalled that he himself was the father of a 14-month-old child and a 16-year-old, hence it was easier for him to look after the girl. He said that he managed to calm the baby down, change clothes and feed it.
When asked what he felt when he had to pass them on after having provided the baby with adequate care in the hospital, Lieutenant Colonel Caesar replied, “Many of us broke our hearts when we saw these children in danger.”
“But we knew they were going to a better life, to a better place,” he recalled. He added that American soldiers showed “incredible support and hospitality”. The BBC reported that the girl returned to her mother after leaving the hospital, and both left the country together.
Caesar previously told Sky News that the number of children transferred to them and then treated at the hospital was “unexpectedly high”.
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