Afghan girl skips on Belgium Airport tarmac, Twitter says, 'Best picture this year'
Amid heartbreaking images of Afghanis trying to escape the Talibans by seeking passage on flights evacuating civilians since past two weeks, one particular photo has struck a chord with the internet. As many countries are evacuating their own residents and many are also taking in refugees from the war-torn country, a photo of an Afghani kid skipping happily on the tarmac of the Belgian airport has warmed hearts of internet users.
The wholesome image shows a family of four walking from the airplane on the tarmac of Belgian airport and the little girl is seen walking happily behind what most probably are her parents. The photo, clicked by Reuters photographer Johanna Geron at Melsbroek military airport was also shared by the former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt who wrote, “This is what happens when you you protect refugees…Welcome to Belgium, little girl!”
The image soon went viral with many sharing the beautiful photograph and was filled up with tons of comments from internet users. People hoped that the child will have a better future in Belgium.
Belgium evacuated 1,400 people from Kabul, but everybody who wanted to get out did not manage to do so. This week on Wednesday five last evacuation flights were carried out between Kabul and Islamabad after Taliban stopped a bus with Belgian evacuees. Belgium halted evac operation after discussing matters with its European partners as the said the Taliban were increasingly starting to stop vehicles moving towards airport. And after the twin suicide blasts that rocked Kabul on Thursday, countries are scrambling to evacuate as many as they can until August 31, after which the US troops are to be pulled out completely.