Uganda to take 2,000 Afghan refugees at U.S. request

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 17 Aug, 2021 18:30 | < 1 min read

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

On Tuesday, August 17, the East African nation which has a long experience of receiving people escaping conflict and currently hosts about 1.4 million refugees, most from South Sudan said it will be take in refugees from Afghanistan.

"The request was made yesterday by the U.S. government to H.E. (President Yoweri Museveni) and he has given them an OK to bring 2,000 (Afghan) refugees to Uganda," Esther Anyakun Davinia, Uganda's junior minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees, told Reuters.

"They are going to be here temporarily for three months before the U.S. government resettles them elsewhere."

It was unclear when they would start arriving.

Albania and Kosovo have also accepted a U.S. request to temporarily take in Afghan refugees.