Desperate parents stranded in Afghanistan are continuing to go to heartbreaking lengths to get their children out of the country.
Another video has emerged showing a baby being passed from the mass of people outside Hamad Karzai International Airport to an American soldier.
In the footage, captured by human rights activist Omar Haidari, the soldier leans over the barbed wire at the top of a wall and lifts the infant from the arms of a man below, before handing the child to his fellow soldiers.
In a statement, the US Marine Corps confirmed the baby seen in the video was subsequently “taken to a medical treatment facility on site” and cared for by medical professionals.
This is not the first instance of Afghan parents parting with their children in the hope of ensuring their safety.
“It was terrible. Women were throwing their babies over the razor wire, asking British soldiers to take them. Some got caught in the wire,” one UK officer told Sky News this week.
“The mothers were desperate, they were getting beaten by the Taliban. They shouted, ‘Save my baby,’ and threw the babies at us,” another officer told The Independent.
“It was awful, what happened. By the end of the night there wasn’t one man among us who was not crying.”
Thousands of people have gathered outside the airport in Kabul all week, desperate to escape the country as the Taliban takes control. Many have the documents they require including, in some cases, green cards, which grant them permanent residency in the US.
Thousands of American citizens have yet to be evacuated, and the US embassy in Kabul has warned it cannot “ensure safe passage” to the airport for them.
The various entrances to the airport are being guarded by Taliban checkpoints.
Meanwhile, despite its public promise not to seek “retribution” against Afghans who helped US, UK and NATO forces, Taliban fighters have reportedly been going door-to-door, hunting for those people.
Yesterday a horrifying video was posted online showing the police chief of an Afghan province, Haji Mullah Achakzai, being executed. It showed him kneeling with his eyes blindfolded and his hands tied in front of him, before being shot and left to die.