UK to transplant teenage Afghan ladies footballers and households

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UK to transplant teenage Afghan ladies footballers and households

By Caroline Hawley

Diplomatic Correspondent

Image source, ROKiT Foundation

Image caption, Many of Afghanistan’s girls footballers ran away to Pakistan in September

Dozens of Afghan ladies with appealing football professions, who ran away the Taliban, have actually been informed they can pertain to the UK to be transplanted, together with their households.

The 35- member team – aged 13-19 – got away Kabul last month and have actually been remaining for the previous couple of weeks in a hotel in Pakistan, where their short-term visas was because of end on Monday.

” We are working to settle visas to the Afghan Women’s Development Team and eagerly anticipate inviting them to the UK soon,” a UK federal government representative stated.

The women dealt with needing to go back to Afghanistan if another nation had actually declined them.

” This is wonderful news, and we are most grateful to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel for this life-saving choice,” stated Siu-Anne Marie Gill, CEO of the ROKiT Foundation, which supported their escape.

” I’m definitely delighted for them to have a 2nd opportunity at life,” stated the chairman of the structure, Jonathan Kendrick, who funded the operation to get them on buses out of Afghanistan and to remain in Lahore. “This is an entire brand-new world they are handling and I’m sure with the football neighborhood encouraging to their predicament, they will settle in and have the ability to experience all of the delights life offers.”

Ms Gill informed the BBC the ladies had actually ended up being very worried about what would occur to them, however were now extremely alleviated. She stated they would pertain to the UK in 2 to 3 weeks.

Leeds United and Chelsea are amongst a variety of British football clubs who have actually guaranteed to support them in the UK.

The young team members have actually all been through a remarkable experience.

Most of them are from Herat in western Afghanistan and had actually made their method to Kabul when the Western airlift began, remaining in safe homes.

” Seventy percent of them had actually gotten death hazards,” stated Ms Gill. “They were frightened.”

Afghanistan’s previous females’s group was airlifted to Australia and the women’ group were later on offered asylum in Portugal. The fate of the advancement team was unsure – till now.

The women, in addition to their coaches and relative, had actually been because of be left to Qatar at the end of August. They were practically within sight of the airport when they were managed their buses due to the fact that of security cautions. 2 hours later on, the airport was assaulted by a suicide bomber.

After 10 days in hiding, they were ultimately driven to the Afghan border, and crossed into Pakistan after being provided individual authorization to get in by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

But with their Pakistani visas ready to go out, Ms Gill stated, the “platform was burning” due to the fact that it would have been far too harmful for them to go back to Afghanistan.

Women have actually not had the ability to participate in any sports considering that the Taliban takeover. The previous ladies’s football group captain, Khalida Popal, had actually alerted gamers to burn their packages and erase social networks images of them betting worry of retribution from the Taliban.

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Media caption, BBC overtakes Afghan reporter who provided psychological interview on the tarmac at Kabul airport