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SA will not receive Afghanistan refugees

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Article by: Dumisane Dube

The International Relations Department says South Africa will not be receiving any Afghanistan refugees after the Taliban takeover.

According to the department, it cannot grant the request to accommodate refugees who are currently in Pakistan.

Thousands of Afghans have been fleeing their homeland after the Taliban gained total control of the country last month.

International Relations Department says South Africa is already home to a substantial number of refugees and is seized with addressing their needs. It says these refugees’ needs include social grants and free medical assistance.

“The request is that they be accommodated in South Africa en route to their final destinations. The South African government is unfortunately not in a position to accommodate such a request. South Africa is already home to a substantial number of refugees and is seized with addressing their needs.”

Last week, Uganda received 51 Afghanistan refugees who will be temporarily sheltered in the African country while awaiting permanent placement in America.

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