Uganda receives 51 Afghan refugees

Uganda has received 51 Afghan refugees who arrived aboard a privately chartered flight at the Entebbe International Airport.

The jetting in of Afghan refugees follows US Government’s request and acceptance by the government of Uganda to temporarily host at-risk Afghan Nationals and other Nationals who are in transit to the United States of America and other destinations worldwide.

According to a statement released by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uganda and the United States enjoy long standing cordial bilateral relations which are historic in nature and continue to pursue common interests for the mutual benefit of both countries.

“The evacuees who included men, women and children underwent the necessary security screening as well as the mandatory Covid-19 testing and the required quarantine procedures.” Statement reads in part

 Foreign Affairs said: “The decision to those in need is informed by government of Uganda’s consistent policy of receiving refugees and persons in distress as well as playing a responsible roles in matters of international concern,”

The country is expected to host 2000 refugees from Afghanistan. The refugee’s bills will be catered for by the American government for a period of three months. Unlike other asylum seekers, the Afghans will not go to refugee camps but will be hosted in various hotels in the country.

On Sunday 15 August 2021, the Taliban took over Afghanistan and declared victory after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled and his government collapsed. The militants’ return to rule brings an end to almost 20 years of a US-led coalition’s presence in the country.

Kabul was the last major city in Afghanistan to fall to a Taliban offensive that began months ago but accelerated in recent days as they gained control of territories, shocking many observers.

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