Uganda Receives the First Bunch of Afghan Refugees
On Wednesday, 25,2021 a plane carrying 51 people fleeing Taliban-controlled sectarian state Afghanistan landed in Uganda, where the evacuees were granted temporary asylum.
Uganda’s Foreign Ministry said the plane carrying 51 Afghan nationals, including men, women, and children, landed on Wednesday in Entebbe, where they were received by U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Natalie Brown. The evacuees were taken by bus convoy to a hotel.
The foreign ministry said the move follows a U.S. request to provide temporary asylum to Afghans and other travelers on their way to the United States and other parts of the world.
Speaking to VOA correspondent Peter Clottey earlier this week, Uganda’s foreign minister, General Al-Haji Abubaker Odongo Jeje, said the East African country could provide safe refuge for 2,000 evacuees.
“We have the capacity, we have the area, we have the land,” Odongo said, noting that his government is still negotiating terms. “… We will discuss our responsibilities, and the roles and responsibilities of our
partners in this operation. So, it will not be a Ugandan thing alone.”
Uganda hosts a huge number of refugees mostly from South Sudan and Africa at large in their Kakuma Camps
Brian George, the U.S. Mission head of Public Affairs, expressed appreciation for Uganda’s generosity.
“The government of Uganda has once again demonstrated a willingness to play its part in matters of international concern. We commend its efforts and those of the local and international organizations in Uganda who are providing humanitarian support in partnership with the government of Uganda for these evacuees from Afghanistan.”