Kabul evacuation: photo of British soldier holding baby as exhausted mother sleeps goes viral: the Tribune India
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Chandigarh, September 12
Meet Royal Air Force Staff Sgt Andy Livingstone. The 31-year-old British aviator who was among those evacuating their own as well as the Afghans during the chaotic troop withdrawal found quite unexpectedly a photo of him cradling an Afghan baby on one of the evacuation flights becoming viral.
The photo was taken on a flight that took off from Kabul hours after a suicide bombing targeting evacuation efforts.
The viral photo shows Livingstone, an aerial loader on the A400M plane, holding a two week old baby who has a pair of earmuffs to muffle the noise of the plane.
Livingstone told Sky News he spotted a family – a man, his wife and their four children, including the baby – when they boarded his RAF transport plane just hours after the attack at Kabul airport. The flight would take them to the United Arab Emirates, where they would board another flight to the United Kingdom.
Livingstone’s job as an air loader was to help the scared Afghan refugee gangs get on the plane and take care of them during the initial flight.
“I already had an eye on this family, I made sure they would be looked after for the next few hours,” said Sgt Livingstone. Sky News. “Then out of the corner of my eye I see something fall to the floor and as I watch bless her this woman picks up her two week old child.”
It happened again after he helped tie them up more securely, he said.
“At that point it was just the only thing I could think of was begging the family to let me take the baby for half an hour or as long as they left me just so she could have enough sleep to gain a little more energy to hold her baby, ”he said.
Livingstone, a father of two young daughters at home, said in the Sky News interview: “You are holding a baby that weighs nothing – absolutely nothing – he was two weeks old and you think: how bad this poor woman must be. be exhausted from not being able to bear her own child? It’s a basic instinct and she couldn’t take it anymore and it was a horrible thing to see but a privilege to be able to help.
“You could see they were all exhausted.”
The RAF sergeant describes how he cradled a two week old Afghan baby on an evacuation flight to the UK from Kabul to let the exhausted mother rest.
– Sky News (@SkyNews) September 8, 2021