Afghanistan women's junior football team granted UK visas

Afghanistan girls’s junior soccer crew granted UK visas

“We’re working to finalise visas to the Afghan Ladies’s Growth Crew and stay up for welcoming them to the UK shortly,” a UK authorities spokesperson informed CNN.

“The Authorities is dedicated to doing all it might to assist these most in want, together with susceptible girls and women, and people in danger who’ve needed to flee Afghanistan.”

The UK House Workplace 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 going through “threats of persecution from the Taliban.”

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

Thirty 5 younger footballers, largely youngsters, and their households — a complete of 130 individuals — missed the airlift evacuations from Kabul in August, in response to a UK-based charity, ROKiT Basis, which is offering help.

“With the help of some very courageous individuals on the bottom in Afghanistan, the ladies made the perilous journey in small teams to the Pakistan border and all have been, ultimately, in a position to get by means of”, stated Jonathan Kendrick, the founding father of the ROKiT Basis.

‘They’ve proper to dream’

Pakistan granted the gamers and their households momentary 30-day visas and so they have 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 ladies” in Pakistan earlier than the third part, to come back in “the following couple of weeks”, of the relocation of the ladies and their households to the UK.

On Saturday, former Afghanistan girls’s captain Khalida Popal, now dwelling in Denmark, tweeted: “These women deserve one of the best they’ve been by means of so much. They’ve proper to dream. Due to authorities of the UK for accepting to be the host nation for them. Due to superb orgs that made this doable.”
Former Afghanistan women's football captain Khalida Popal.

Siu-Anne Marie Gill, CEO of the ROKiT Basis, 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 girls’s soccer groups who’ve already expressed nice curiosity in assembly them.”

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

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