Uganda has agreed to quickly obtain 2,000 refugees from Afghanistan fleeing after the Taliban takeover. the Ugandan Ministry of International Affairs introduced on Tuesday, indicating that this got here after a request from the U.S.
The ministry gave no particulars on the variety of folks concerned. “Discussions are persevering with,” it stated, whereas Ugandan media reviews put the quantity at 2,000 refugees.
“Following final weekend’s occasions in Afghanistan, the U.S. authorities has reached out to a number of of its worldwide companions, together with Uganda, to help within the doubtless have to quickly home some Afghans and worldwide residents who could also be evacuated,” the International Ministry stated in an announcement.
President Yoweri Museveni “has expressed Uganda’s readiness to supply help, together with (for) the short-term lodging of a few of these affected by the present disaster,” the assertion added, citing Uganda’s “lengthy historical past and custom of internet hosting” refugees.
An official of the Excessive Committee for Refugees (UNHCR) within the nation advised AFP that the UN company had not been concerned within the discussions, however stated it was “able to help” any arrival.
This transfer has drawn blended reactions from lawmakers particularly these from the opposition.
Ugandans weighed in on the matter with some supporting the transfer whereas some opposing it.
Uganda is among the world’s largest refugee-hosting nations, with practically 1.5 million refugees and asylum seekers dwelling there, the bulk from South Sudan and the DRC.
Humanitarian companies have in latest instances highlighted the dearth of funding for refugee help in Afghanistan which has roughly 44 million folks.
Albania and Kosovo additionally stated they had been prepared to soak up a whole lot of Afghans, together with girls leaders, authorities officers and others doubtlessly threatened by the Taliban, on the request of america.