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Afghanistan women’s junior football team granted UK visas

“We are working to finalise visas to the Afghan Women’s Development Team and sit up for welcoming them to the UK shortly,” a UK authorities spokesperson instructed CNN.

“The Government is dedicated to doing all it could possibly to assist these most in want, together with weak ladies and ladies, and people in danger who’ve needed to flee Afghanistan.”

The UK Home Office declined to touch upon the kind of visas the gamers and their households could be receiving.

In August, the UK authorities introduced a resettlement scheme for Afghan residents dealing with “threats of persecution from the Taliban.”

The scheme, which prioritizes ladies, ladies, and spiritual minorities, will see the UK absorb 20,000 refugees over the subsequent 5 years.

Thirty 5 younger footballers, principally youngsters, and their households — a complete of 130 folks — missed the airlift evacuations from Kabul in August, in accordance with a UK-based charity, ROKiT Foundation, which is offering help.

Members of the Afghanistan Youth Women's National Team receiving a surprise welcome by the captain of the Afghanistan women's team Farkhunda Muhtaj in Lisbon, Portugal in September.

“With the help of some very courageous folks on the bottom in Afghanistan, the women made the perilous journey in small teams to the Pakistan border and all had been, finally, in a position to get via”, stated Jonathan Kendrick, the founding father of the ROKiT Foundation.

‘They have proper to dream’

Pakistan granted the gamers and their households momentary 30-day visas they usually had been transported to Lahore earlier than making use of for UK visas, Kendrick stated.

With the profitable visa utility, Kendrick stated the second part of the operation was the “secure lodging of the women” in Pakistan earlier than the third part, to return in “the subsequent couple of weeks”, of the relocation of the women and their households to the UK.

On Saturday, former Afghanistan women’s captain Khalida Popal, now dwelling in Denmark, tweeted: “These ladies deserve the perfect they’ve been via rather a lot. They have proper to dream. Thanks to authorities of the UK for accepting to be the host nation for them. Thanks to superb orgs that made this doable.”
Former Afghanistan women's football captain Khalida Popal.

Siu-Anne Marie Gill, CEO of the ROKiT Foundation, stated the charity would proceed to supply assist within the UK “to incorporate serving to to rearrange additional training […] in addition to trials for the gamers with a number of of the English skilled women’s football groups who’ve already expressed nice curiosity in assembly them.”

Andrea Radrizzani, chairman of English Premier League facet Leeds United, final month urged the UK authorities to assist the women resettle within the nation.

In an announcement despatched to CNN, the Leeds proprietor stated he was “able to assist in any means we will to present the women a affluent and peaceable future.”

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