A flight carrying Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan touched down in Uganda yesterday.
“The Government of the Republic of Uganda this morning received 51 evacuees from Afghanistan who arrived aboard a privately chartered flight at the Entebbe International Airport,” the foreign ministry said in a statement released to the media yesterday.
This followed a request from the United States Government as a transit point to the US and other countries.
The United States thanked Uganda for receiving the evacuees through their Twitter account.
“The Government of Uganda and the Ugandan people have a long tradition of welcoming refugees and other communities in need,” the embassy posted on Twitter.
Uganda currently hosts close to 1.5 million refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
By JN Wamanji