A baby girl named Ghazal, which means "poetry", was born in Rome, the city her mother reached after endless difficulties in order to give her a better future. Ghazal is the first-born of a 31-year-old Afghan woman who fled Kabul.
Ghazal came into the world on Wednesday, September 8, at 8:30 p.m. at San Filippo Neri hospital in the Italian captial.
After the birth, her mother thanked the health workers for their assistance. "I would have never imagined this welcoming, to be doing so well. Despite everything, I'm happy," said Neelai, Ghazal's mother.
Ghazal weighed nearly three kilograms at birth, and after routine checks she left the hospital on Thursday. She was transferred to the facility of the Carmelite nuns in Rome, which is hosting part of her family.
Mother arrived in Italy 15 days before with two sisters
The mother arrived in Italy around two weeks prior to the birth with two of her sisters, while her husband didn't manage to get out of Afghanistan.
Dr.Laura Anelli, an ob/gyn and director of free clinics for Rome's ASL 1 health department, cared for the mother in the final days of her pregnancy. "In the free clinics, we see many difficult situations; this, however, is a life-changing experience," the doctor told ANSA.
"Despite the excellent organization of the reception facilities, there are tragic stories, families divided. In the face of such pain it's impossible to remain indifferent," she said.
She remembers well her first meeting with Neelai 15 days ago. "When I saw her the first time, she had sad eyes, a lost look. Then things got better. We tried to provide her with all the necessary assistance and make her feel welcome."
Neelai was given care and small gifts, from baby bottles to baby clothes for the new arrival.
Lazio Governor Zingaretti tweets 'Welcome Ghazal!'
The news of Ghazal's birth was released Wednesday evening in a tweet by Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti. "Welcome Ghazal! Your name means poetry, we need that!" he tweeted.
On Thursday, regional health councillor Alessio D'Amato visited the hospital."Welcome Ghazal, and big congratulations to her mother and father," he said. "The mother wanted to say thanks for the love with which she was welcomed and cared for by our workers," D'Amato added. He said the father and grandparents are in Kabul, and therefore his wish is that "soon the family can be together again."
"Last week Governor Zingaretti and I visited with Afghan citizens who we welcomed on the occasion of vaccinations and I was able to appreciate their dignity and gratitude," he said.
"Our men and women health workers showed all of their professionalism and humanity. Thank you to the entire wonderful team at San Filippo Neri," he said.