Uganda to Host Afghan Refugees
Uganda is set to temporarily host 2,000 refugees from Afghanistan following the political unrest in the country.
Uganda will be temporarily hosting some Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban in order to honor a United States government request.
“The request was made yesterday by the U.S. government to H.E. President Yoweri Museveni and he has given them an ok to bring 2,000 Afghan refugees to Uganda,” Esther, Anyakun Davinia, Uganda’s junior minister for relief, disaster preparedness, and refugees said on Tuesday.
According to a post on social media by an international NGO, East Africa Refugee Relief, some 500 Afghans are expected to land on Tuesday at Entebbe International airport.
“We are expecting- they might come any time since it’s an emergency landing. They have requested us to host 2,000 people. They will be received in shifts,” she explained.
The disaster preparedness ministry said they are prepared for their arrival.
They will be in Uganda for three months before the US resettles them somewhere else, said the ministry.
Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa, more than 1.45 million, mostly from South Sudan, but also from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, according to figures by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In addition to Uganda, Albania and Kosovo are also taking in Afghans, as per US’ request.