Uganda today became the first country in the Sub Saharan African countries to host Afghan refugees who are fleeing the country following the takeover of their country by Taliban militants.
The country recevied 51 refugees of the 2000 Afghans that are expected to temporarily stay in Uganda.
However, Uganda will not be the only country to host the refugees from Afghanistan as more countries like Rwanda and Kenya also accepted to host them.
For Rwanda, they are set to host dozens of schoolgirls since their education sector is open unlike Uganda where schools are still closed due to COVID-19 pandemic. Shabana Basij-Rasikh, the founder of a privately-run School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) on Tuesday said about 250 students, staff and family members were en-route to Rwanda, through Qatar, to begin a “semester abroad for our entire student body”.
Rwanda’s education ministry tweeted a message to welcome the SOLA community to the country.
The school founder said they hoped to resettle temporarily for only a semester and return to Afghanistan when the situation would permit.
Afghans have been growing desperate to leave their country, in fear of living under Taliban rule, and thousands have have been evacuated to other countries.