Uganda Welcomes 51 Evacuees from Afghanistan

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Uganda government said that 51 people evacuated from Afghanistan arrived Wednesday in the East African country at the request of the United States.

Authorities said in a statement that the group, transported to Uganda on a chartered flight, arrived early Wednesday.

The statement said they included men, women, and children. No further details were immediately given on the evacuees’ identities.

Ugandan officials said last week that the country would shelter up to 2,000 people fleeing the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. They said the Afghans would be brought to Uganda in small groups in a temporary arrangement before they are relocated elsewhere.

The decision to host those in need is informed by the government of Uganda’s consistent policy of receiving refugees and persons in distress as well as playing a responsible role in matters of international concern,” the statement said.

Uganda has long been an ally of the United States, especially on security matters in the region.

But some activists and opponents of President Yoweri Museveni, who was reelected in January, say the arrangement with the United States is problematic because it appears blind to allegations of rights abuses and bad governance in a country that has never had a peaceful transfer of power.

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