Saturday, April 12, 2008

Baghdadi Baby

Blackfive reported Soldiers recently watched as a car pulled up to an entry control point at Forward Operating Base Callahan in northern Baghdad. They continued to watch as a woman stepped out of the car holding a bag. Once the woman dropped the bag near the gate, internal alarms were ringing and a careful search was called for and conducted. That search yielded a newborn baby wrapped tightly in several cloths. Soldiers raced to the bag, retrieved the child and brought him to the aid station to be examined. “We unwrapped it to make sure he was alive – and he wasn’t sick, he wasn’t dead, he wasn’t injured,” said Staff Sgt. Paul Briscoe, the aid station non-commissioned officer in charge at FOB Callahan. “He was a perfectly healthy baby. I’m guessing three to seven days old. He was in perfect health. There wasn’t a scratch on him.”

And now he is in the hands of someone that can take care of him.
... The baby is to be adopted by the brother of a local national, who works at the base. The brother, and his wife, have been married five years and have been unable to have a baby of their own.
Michael Ledeen blogged In Naples, for centuries, churches had doors with revolving platforms, through which unwanted babies were delivered to the sisters within. There's a considerable literature on these abandoned children, who were known as "esposti" or "exposed," and that is the origin of one of the most common Neapolitan names, "esposito." Now you know.
Mothers with children they could not care for loved them enough to take them to the nuns who they knew would take care of them. In Bagdad, they know they can trust our military to take care of them.
In Baghdad they're called "Callahan." I'm sure Clint Eastwood is smiling.

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