Reuters: Uganda to take 2,000 Afghan refugees at U.S. request


The Ugandan government has agreed to take 2,000 Afghan refugees upon the United States request. According to a report from the Reuters News organization, the request was made to President Yoweri Museveni by the U.S government.

“The request was made yesterday by the US government to HE (President Yoweri Museveni) and he has given them an OK to bring 2,000 (Afghan) refugees to Uganda,” Esther Anyakun Davinia, Uganda’s junior minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees, told Reuters.


“They are going to be here temporarily for three months before the U.S. government resettles them elsewhere.”


“Uganda has continued to maintain an open-door policy to refugees based on traditional African hospitality and not turning away anybody who is running to us for safety,” says Hilary Onek, Uganda’s Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees.

“It is necessary for the international community to recognize that Uganda has had an exemplary refugee policy in the past and even today, faced with the largest refugee inflow of the past year, Uganda remains a symbol of the integrity of the refugee protection regime that unfortunately is not being respected everywhere in the world,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in June 2017.


While underscoring the importance the role refugees play to the host country’s economy, Angèle Dikongué-Atangana, UNHCR’s Deputy Director for the East and Horn of Africa,gave an example of how refugees have contributed to ugandas economy. Ms. Dikongué-Atangana said,


“In Uganda, some refugees have established businesses and employed nationals, while others are boosting food production through agricultural activities. Additionally, some are working as professionals,”


Albania and Kosovo have also accepted a US request to temporary.


Taliban forces took over control of Afghanistan sending its president and the entire government to flee. The country is in a state of panic and many of the residents in its capital Kabul are trying to escape.

Uganda is host to 1.4M refugees mostly from the Congo and South Sudan.

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