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Soman Noori: Baby girl Havva born on Afghan evacuation flight to UK

Afghan woman Soman Noori gave birth to a baby girl named Havva, which translates to Eve in English, on a Turkish Airlines evacuation flight to UK
UPDATED AUG 29, 2021
Representational image (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Representational image (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Amidst the brutal stories of bloodshed, tears, and death in Kabul following its fall under the Taliban regime, here's a different kind of tale. While on an evacuation flight to Birmingham, an Afghan refugee fleeing to the UK gave birth to a baby girl at 30,000 feet, news outlets reported on Saturday, August 28.

MEAWW earlier reported on the attacks at the Kabul airport. On August 26, Kabul saw its first terrorist incident, allegedly orchestrated by ISIS-K. Two bombs detonated near Hamid Karzai International Airport's Abbey Gate and the Baron Hotel, followed by gunfire. 13 Americans and over 170 Afghans reportedly lost their lives,


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The Pentagon and the Taliban both verified the detonation, with the Taliban claiming to have warned the US of an impending attack. ISIS-K, an affiliate of Islamic terror group has officially claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings, and even released a photo of the alleged bomber. The president of the United States has frequently warned that US servicemen may be in danger, which is why he decided to stop evacuations on August 31 without a delay. 


Soman Noori, 26, was on a trip from Dubai to Birmingham after leaving Kabul when she gave birth at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) in Kuwaiti airspace., according to Turkish Airlines. There was no doctor on board, and the baby girl was delivered by members of the cabin crew. They named her Havva, which means Eve in English, BBC News reported.

Both the mother and the infant, according to the airline, are in good health. Taj Moh Hammat, 30, was accompanying Noori on the trip, as were their two other children. Noori and her husband were flown from Kabul to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where they boarded a plane to Birmingham. Her labor pains began shortly after the plane took off on Friday night, and crew members stepped in to deliver the couple's third child. The flight landed in Kuwait as a precaution before continuing to Birmingham and landing at 11.45 am BST on Saturday, according to Turkish Airlines. 


According to Turkish Airlines, the plane, which was transporting Afghan civilians who had cooperated with Britain in Afghanistan, landed in Kuwait as a precaution before continuing on to its destination. The final UK evacuation flight solely for Afghan nationals left Kabul airport on Saturday afternoon, according to the Ministry of Defence. UK diplomatic and military officials will be on board future planes departing Kabul. Since the Taliban took control of the capital, a massive airlift has been underway, with a deadline of August 31 for foreign forces to depart the country.