The picture was taken at Melsbroek military airport near Brussels on Wednesday.
A moving photo of a young Afghan girl skipping on the tarmac of a Belgian airport after being evacuated from her war-torn native country has gone viral. (REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
“This is what happens when you protect refugees,” wrote former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, one of many who shared the photo, on Twitter. “Welcome to Belgium, little girl!”
The girl and her family were among a group of about 1,400 people who Belgium evacuated from Kabul following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and subsequent takeover by the Taliban.
People who have been evacuated from Afghanistan arrive at Melsbroek military airport after Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, Melsbroek, Belgium, August 25, 2021. (REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
Belgium suspended evacuations after intelligence sources warned of an imminent terrorist attack at Kabul’s airport.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.