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FILE PHOTO: People try to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021.

First batch of about 51 Afghan refugees arrive in Uganda

News | The Northern Link UG | The first batch of about 51 Afghan refugees comprising children, women, and men arrived in Uganda today morning at Entebbe International Airport, confirming government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo.

Opondo reveals that the group arrived at 6.00 am this morning aboard a privately chartered plane. They were received by Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and US Mission Uganda officials.

The group will first be tested for Covid-19 and then placed in isolation centers before being reintegrated.

After the isolation period, they will be temporarily accommodated in hotels in Entebbe before they are taken to a yet-to-be-identified location.

Last week, the government agreed to host at least 2,000 refugees fleeing Afghanistan following the collapse of President Ashraf Ghani’s government.

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