Uganda to temporarily host 2,000 Afghan Refugees at US Request

Hundreds of Afghans pack US military plane in desperate effort to escape the Taliban. Courtesy of Defense One/Handout
By :
Kirunda Dan

KAMPALA – Uganda said on Tuesday it had agreed to a request from the United States to temporarily take in 2,000 refugees from Afghanistan fleeing after the Taliban takeover.

The request was made yesterday to H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of the Republic of Uganda.

“They have requested us to host 2,000 refugees. We are expecting them to be brought in shifts of 500. So, UNHCR secured Imperial hotels in Entebbe as a transit center for them to first of all arrive and be screened,” Esther Anyakun Davinia, Uganda’s state minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees said.

According to Davinia, they [Afghan refugees] will be in Uganda for about three months before the U.S. government resettles them elsewhere.

She also revealed that all expenses for their entire stay will be met by the US government.

Uganda currently hosts about 1.5 million refugees, mostly from neighboring countries including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan.

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