UN Commends Uganda for hosting fleeing Afghan nationals

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday commended Uganda for allowing to host fleeing Afghan nationals.

The UN refugee agency said in a tweet that Uganda chose to open its doors to Afghan nationals in their hour of need.

β€œUganda has a long-standing tradition of welcoming refugees and this is another great show of solidarity with people whose lives and freedom are threatened at home”.

Uganda announcedΒ  that it had received 51 evacuees from Afghanistan.

This is the first batch of the 2,000 evacuees expected to be hosted in the country.

Uganda hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa, more than 1.45 million, mostly from South Sudan, and also from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, according to figures by UNHCR.

Meanwhile, the Afghan nationals arrived in Uganda last week and the ever receptive Ugandans have been very excited by the new development.

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