Entebbe: The government of Uganda has confirmed that the country has received a tatal of 51 refugees from Afghanistan.
A statement from Ministry of Foreign affairs indicate that the evacuees from Afghanistan arrived at Entebbe International Airport on Wednesday morning 25, August 2021.
The refugees who include men, women and children underwent the necessary security screening as well as mandatory Covid-19 testing and the required quarantine protocols.
According to information, they arrived at Entebbe International Airport aboard a privileged charted flight, after days of discussion. Foreign Affairs ministry says the arrangements to have Ugandan nationals travel with Afghan refugees were frustrated by challenges of accessing the airport in Kabul.
The latest developments come a day after evacuations in Kabul were temporarily halted due to overcrowding at an evacuee receiving center in Qatar.
Uganda government says the decision to host those in need is informed by the country’s consistent policy of receiving refugees and persons in distress as well as playing a responsible role in matters of international concern.
According to the minister of foreign affairs Jeje Odongo, the refugees will be hosted to the pearl of African soil temporarily up to 4 months on the request of the US government.
Ugandan officials say that the hosting of Afghan refugees follows a request by US government and subsequent acceptance by Ugandan authorities to temporarily host 2000 at-risk Afghan Nationals. Other Nationals werer hosted in United States of America and other destinations.
Officials said arrangements are being made to bring others in the subsequent flight to make a tatal of 2000.