PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFPA flight carrying Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover of their country touched down early Wednesday in Uganda the place they’ll be given transient refuge, authorities officials acknowledged.
The international ministry acknowledged a charter flight carrying 51 Afghans — including males, females and younger other folks — landed in the lakeside city of Entebbe, the place they were whisked to accommodations in a convoy of buses.
Extra evacuees from Afghanistan are expected to shut at a later time in Uganda from the battle-torn country, the ministry acknowledged.
It acknowledged it adopted an inform from the US authorities to temporarily host “at-possibility” Afghan nationals and others who are in transit to the United States and utterly different destinations worldwide.
“The choice to host these in want is knowledgeable by the Executive of Uganda’s constant policy of receiving refugees and folk in hurt moreover taking part in a to blame role in matters of international scenario,” the ministry acknowledged in an announcement.
Media experiences agree with steered Uganda had agreed to have interaction about 2,000 refugees but this has not been confirmed.
Uganda hosts one amongst the largest refugee populations in the world — nearly 1.5 million in step with the United Nations, essentially from neighbouring South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The ministry acknowledged that preparations were also being made to carry home a number of Ugandans who were unable to kind this first flight “resulting from the challenges of accessing the airport in Kabul”.
Neighbouring Rwanda acknowledged on Tuesday it also plans to have interaction in dozens of schoolgirls and group from Afghanistan’s only boarding college for ladies.
For the reason that Taliban’s August 15 takeover of Kabul, Afghans agree with grown an increasing number of desperate to flee the country, with many apprehensive of going via existence below the hardline Islamist neighborhood.
The US embassy in Kampala thanked Uganda for its “generosity and hospitality in direction of these communities”.
“The Executive of Uganda and the Ugandan other folks agree with a protracted tradition of welcoming refugees and utterly different communities in want,” the embassy posted on Twitter.
Most refugees in Uganda dwell in astronomical refugee settlements in the in moderation populated north of the country but spherical 81,000 urban refugees dwell in the capital Kampala.
Reduction agencies agree with many events acknowledged that the international response to make stronger refugees in Uganda, a country of about 44 million other folks, has been underfunded.