- August 25, 2021
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First batch of Afghan refugees arrive at Entebbe
The 51 Afghanistan evacuees who arrived in the country this morning at 6:00 am aboard a privately chartered plane, are currently checking in at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel Entebbe.
All the costs that will be accumulated during their stay in Uganda will be fully paid by the US government.
The group is the first batch of the 2000 Afghan refugees that are set to be temporarily hosted in Uganda.
The group of 51 evacuees that came aboard a privately chartered flight landed at Entebbe International Airport at 6am was received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and their counterparts from 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 statement.
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.