Uganda to host over 2,000 Afghan refugees: official

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Passengers arriving on international flights leave the international arrivals lobby after they have been screened and cleared for any symptoms of the novel coronavirus at Entebbe Airport, Uganda, on March 3, 2020./Sumy Sadurni/AFP/Getty Images
Passengers arriving on international flights leave the international arrivals lobby at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, on March 3, 2020. The first batch of Afghan refugees were due to arrive at the facility on Tuesday evening, August 17, 2021. (Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images)

At least 500 refugees fleeing Afghanistan were scheduled to arrive in Uganda Tuesday, a government official said.

Esther Anyakun, minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees said that more refugees are expected into the east African country.

“Most likely a total of 2,000 but tonight 500 are coming,” she said without disclosing details.

Hundreds of Afghans are fleeing the country after the Taliban forces entered the capital of Kabul, Afghanistan, and took control of the presidential palace Sunday.

This will not be the first time Uganda is hosting refugees from outside Africa. According the UN Refugee Agency, Uganda received 7,000 Polish refugees during World War II.

Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa, more than 1.45 million, mostly from South Sudan, but also from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, according to figures by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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