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Uganda receives 51 Afghan refugees

Uganda has received the first batch of 51 Afghan evacuees who arrived in the country this morning aboard a chartered flight, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The Ministry further revealed that the group includes; men, women and children who underwent the necessary security screening as well as the mandatory COVID-19 testing.

“The evacuees who included women, men and children underwent the necessary security screening as well as the mandatory COVID-19 testing and the required quarantine procedures,” reads a statement issued by the Ministry this morning.

Ugandans who were expected to use the same flight couldn’t make it due to the challenges in accessing Kabul airport, according to an official statement from the Ministry.

 “Whereas it had been arranged for some Ugandans to travel on the above flight, due to challenges of accessing the airport in Kabul, they were unable to make it. Arrangements are being made to bring them in the subsequent flight,” the statement reads.

Their arrival comes following the US government’s request to Uganda to temporarily host at-risk Afghan nationals and other nationals in transit to the US and other destinations worldwide following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

It should be recalled that the US government asked Uganda to host 2,000 refugees.

Read the full statement below;

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