LONDON (AP) — Members of Afghanistan’s girls’s youth growth soccer workforce arrived in Britain early Thursday after being flown from…
LONDON (AP) — Members of Afghanistan’s girls’s youth growth soccer workforce arrived in Britain early Thursday after being flown from Pakistan with the assistance of a New York rabbi, a U.Okay. soccer membership and Kim Kardashian West.
A airplane chartered by the fact star and carrying greater than 30 teenage gamers and their households, about 130 individuals in all, landed at Stansted Airport close to London. The Afghans will spend 10 days in coronavirus quarantine earlier than beginning new lives in Britain.
English Premier League membership Leeds United has provided to help the gamers.
Britain and different international locations evacuated 1000’s of Afghans in a rushed airlift as Kabul fell to Taliban militants in August. Many extra individuals have since left overland for neighboring international locations in hopes of touring on to the West.
Girls enjoying sports activities was seen as a political act of defiance towards the Taliban, and lots of of feminine athletes have left Afghanistan because the group returned to energy and commenced curbing girls’s training and freedoms.
Khalida Popal, a former captain of Afghanistan’s nationwide girls’s workforce who has spearheaded evacuation efforts for feminine athletes, stated she felt “so completely satisfied and so relieved” that the women and girls have been out of hazard.
“A lot of these households left their homes when the Taliban took over. Their homes have been burnt down,” Popal advised the Related Press. “A few of their members of the family have been killed or taken by Taliban. So the hazard and the stress was very excessive, and that’s why it was crucial to maneuver quick to get them exterior Afghanistan.”
Australia evacuated the members of Afghanistan’s nationwide girls’s soccer workforce, and the youth ladies’ workforce was resettled in Portugal.
Members of the event workforce, a lot of whom come from poor households within the nation’s provinces, managed to succeed in Pakistan and finally to safe U.Okay. visas. However they have been left in limbo for weeks with no flight overseas because the time restrict on their Pakistani visas ticked down.
The workforce bought assist from the Tzedek Affiliation, a nonprofit U.S. group that beforehand helped the final recognized member of Kabul’s Jewish neighborhood go away Afghanistan.
The group’s founder, Rabbi Moshe Margaretten, has labored with actuality TV star Kardashian West on legal justice reform within the U.S. He reached out to her to assist pay for a chartered airplane to the U.Okay.
“Perhaps an hour later, after the Zoom name, I bought a textual content message that Kim desires to fund the complete flight,” Margaretten stated.
Kardashian West’s spokeswoman confirmed that the star and her model SKIMs had chartered the flight.
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