Uganda has received the first batch of refugees from Afghanistan today Wednesday morning for temporary stay as it is not safe for them back at home.
A total of 51 evacuees landed at Entebbe International Airport today at 6am aboard a privately chartered flight and were received into the country by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy in Uganda.
“The evacuees who included men, women and children underwent the necessary security screening as well as the mandatory COVID-19 testing and the required quarantine procedures,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statements.
Government reiterated their long standing cordial relations with the US that was described as “historic in nature” as both countries continue to “pursue common interests” for the mutual benefit of both countries.
Following the announcement of the decision to host the Afghan refugees, a number of Ugandans have raised concerns over the matter but according to government, it needs to keep up with its policy of welcoming people from all walks of life.
“The decision to those in need is informed by government of Uganda’s consistent policy of receiving refugees and persons in distress as well as playing a responsible roles in matters of international concern,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The US Embassy applauded Uganda for its generosity and hospitality towards refugees.
“The government of Uganda has once again demonstrated a willingness to play its part in matters of international concern. We commend its efforts and those of the local and international organisations in Uganda who are providing humanitarian support in partnership with government for the evacuees from Afghanistan,” the US Embassy in Kampala said in a statement.