Four-month-old Wahida Maatouq, the baby who was pulled from her house’s rubble in Idlib, Syria, has been reunited with her family — and now her father is talking about the horrific airstrike that destroyed his home and ripped apart his family.
Last week, the world was moved to tears when a White Helmet volunteer pulled a baby from the debris of her home and after taking her into an ambulance, promptly burst into tears.
Yehya Maatouq, the 32-year-old father of the baby, now talks about the harrowing event.
“Right after the strike, I ran home and found our whole neighborhood had been turned upside-down. I went into our house and didn't find anyone there,” he said.
However, he heard his wife’s muffled voice from beneath the rubble of his second-story home and was able to find her quickly.
Along with the White Helmet rescuers, Maatouq then began frantically searching for his two little daughters. He was able to find Wahida in what used to be their bedroom and held tight to her hand as the rescuers removed large pieces of cement off her. However, his older daughter, 3-year-old Sinar and his elderly mother were both killed in the attack.
“My second daughter, the wall had fallen on top of her. She was dead. I wish I had lost everything else but not lost her,” the father added.
Maatouq, his wife and their remaining child are now staying with relatives on the edge of Idlib until their home is repaired.
Little Wahida, fortunately, was not grievously injured aside from a few cuts on her head.
The family is currently in mourning and prays for better days in future.
“It's up to God. We can't even handle what we've been through already,” Maatouq said.
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