Over 2,000 Afghan refugees fleeing the crisis in their country have set off for Uganda for safety.
People fleeing Afghanistan crowd the corridor of a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft departing Kabul, August 15th 2021
Refugees Minister Esther Anyakun told the BBC that President Yoweri Museveni agreed to take in the refugees at the request of the Americans.
This follows the weekend’s lightning Taliban takeover and collapse of the federal authorities.
The first group of around 500 Afghans are expected to land at Entebbe international airport in a few hours’ time.
She added that the arrivals would be tested for Covid and enter quarantine. All logistics and costs will be handled by the US government.
When they land, Uganda will become the first African country to take in people fleeing the current crisis in Afghanistan.
Uganda has a long history of hosting refugees and is currently home to more than one million people who have fled conflict or other disasters.
Refugees in Uganda live in settlements or villages alongside the population. Some are given plots of land and allowed to work.
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