Afghanistan has been one long story of desperation, grief and worst tragedies unfolding over the past weeks as the world watches in horror. In the midst of this chaos, there are a few glimpses of unfiltered joy that have won hearts, making people forget the horror unleashed by the Taliban for a moment.
One such image is that of a young Afghan girl hopping and skipping on the tarmac of the Melsbroek military airport in Belgium after being evacuated along with her family.
The image captured by Reuters journalist Johanna Geron shows evacuated Afghans arriving at the military airport in groups and in the middle of the crowd, the child skips on her way to a new life away from the terror unfolding her home country.
The Reuters journalist has captured a series of images from the Belgium evacuation drive. Another haunting image shows a little girl standing alone on the vast, empty tarmac all by herself, carrying one bag on her shoulders and another in her hand.
Belgium, like most other nations, had sent military planes to Kabul to evacuate its nationals along with the few Afghans who were working with them.
Countries have sped up their evacuation drives as the nearly 6,000 US troops stationed at the Kabul airport wait to complete their withdraw on August 31.
Afghanistan fell to the Taliban blitz on August 15 after the Talibs swept through almost the entire nation. Thousands of desperate Afghans have since been trying to flee the country and are waiting outside the Kabul airport.