Afghan baby, evacuated alone, arrives in Canada: Report

UNICEF estimates 300 unaccompanied minors have been evacuated from Afghanistan final month.

A 3-year-old Afghan boy has made it to Toronto, the place his father lives, after leaving Kabul alone greater than two weeks in the past, Canadian information outlet The Globe and Mail reported.

The boy, whom The Globe recognized with the pseudonym Ali for security considerations for his household in Afghanistan, arrived in Canada on Monday after a 14-hour flight from Qatar.

He had survived the suicide blast near the airport that killed 175 folks final month however turned separated from his mom and 4 siblings who stay in Afghanistan.

The baby spent two weeks in an orphanage in Qatar earlier than travelling to Canada, accompanied by an official from the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), in line with the report.

“I have no sleep for two weeks,” the boy’s father, who has been living in Toronto for 2 years, informed The Globe on the airport.

Canada, which was a part of the US-led coalition that invaded Afghanistan in 2001, has pledged to resettle 20,000 weak Afghans this 12 months.

“Afghans have put their lives at great risk to support Canada in helping Afghans achieve significant democratic, human rights, education, health and security gains over the past 20 years,” Marc Garneau, Canada’s international minister, stated in an announcement final month. “We owe them a debt of gratitude and we will continue our efforts to bring them to safety.”

With US and allied troops withdrawing from the nation, the Taliban took over Afghanistan final month, capturing Kabul on August 15 with President Ashraf Ghani fleeing.

The US army, which remained in command of the airport in Kabul till August 31, carried out a chaotic evacuation operation to airlift US residents, third-country nationals and Afghan allies in a foreign country.

UNICEF, the UN company for kids, estimates that 300 unaccompanied minors have been evacuated from Kabul final month to bases internet hosting refugees in Qatar, Germany and different international locations.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore has known as for swiftly figuring out the minors and reuniting them with their households. She stated they’re “among the most vulnerable children in the world”.

“I can only imagine how frightened these children must have been to suddenly find themselves without their families as the crisis at the airport unfolded or as they were whisked away on an evacuation flight,” Fore stated in an announcement final week.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met a bunch of unaccompanied Afghan youngsters throughout a go to to Ramstein Air Base in Germany earlier this month.

“Many, many, many Americans are really looking forward to welcoming you and having you come to the United States,” he informed them.

US officers have stated the nation plans to soak up 50,000 Afghan refugees.


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