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First batch of Afghan refugees has arrived in Uganda this morning

The first batch of about 51 Afghan refugees comprising of children, women and men arrived in Uganda today morning at Entebbe International Airport.

This was confirmed by Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo.

Opondo reveals that the group arrived at 6.00am 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 an isolation period, they will be temporarily accommodated in hotels in Entebbe before they are taken to a yet to be identified location.

“We have received that first batch of Afghan refugees today morning. The batch is about 51 people children, female and males. They will be tested to Covid19 and isolated after two weeks they will placed in Entebbe hotels.” Ofwono Opondo said.

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

Written by Aine Siggy

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