Uganda agrees to host 2,000 Afghan refugees, officials
Uganda will take in 2,000 Afghan refugees at the US government’s request. The first 500 Afghans are scheduled to arrive at Entebbe International Airport today.
According to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, they are ready for their arrival. Minister Davinia Anyakun said that the request came Monday from Washington, DC.
She said that refugees, including government officials, would begin arriving in groups of 500 this week. Additionally, she said that the US government has promised to cover all of the refugees’ costs.
“Afghanistan’s position is very volatile. We as a government are carefully watching the situation to have a sense of what is going on on the ground,” said Henry Okello Oryem, Minister for International Affairs, on Tuesday.
“As is customary, we have no idea how many Ugandans are in Afghanistan since they never notified us of their travel plans or where they are,” Oryem told NTV.
Oryem said that he is unaware of why Ugandans are unwilling to provide information with the government.
“We wish to use your information to assist you, not for any other purpose. The organisations who transport Ugandans there are very circumspect about the individuals they transport because they are aware that we do not have an agreement with that nation.
He said that the international community “will always want us, will always need us, and will never be able to put us under pressure.” We are unshakeable”.