Tommaso Claudi stayed as long as he could to help other Italians and Afghans flee the country.
The photos of him helping a child over a wall during evacuation operations at the Kabul airport have gone around the world. Tommaso Claudi, part of the diplomatic team at the Italian consulate in Kabul, worked non-stop as the country fell once again into the hands of the Taliban. He waited to evacuate until the last Italian flight out of the country on August 28, staying as long as he could to help other Italians and Afghans flee the country.
In the photo, Claudi—wearing his bulletproof vest and with a helmet hanging from around his neck—lifts a child from the arms of another man, saving him from the crowd of waiting people, including women and children, under the watchful eye of a soldier (Avvenire, August 23).