Afghan women’s youth football team obtains UK visa

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“We are working hard to finalize visas for the Afghan Women’s Development Team and look forward to welcoming them to the UK soon,” a British government spokesperson told updatednews24.

“The government is committed to doing everything it can to support those most in need, including vulnerable women and girls, and those who have to flee Afghanistan.”

The British Home Office declined to comment on the types of visas players and their families will receive.

In August, the British government announced a resettlement plan for Afghan citizens facing “threat of persecution by the Taliban”.

The plan prioritizes women, girls and religious minorities, and the UK will receive 20,000 refugees in the next five years.

According to the ROKiT Foundation, the British charity that provided assistance, 35 young football players (mainly teenagers) and their families (130 in total) missed the August airlift evacuation from Kabul.

read: How a “ragtag group” helped the Afghan national women’s football team withdraw from the country
In September, in Lisbon, Portugal, members of the Afghan youth women's national team were pleasantly welcomed by the captain of the Afghan women's team Falkunda Mukhtaji.

Jonathan Kendrick, the founder of ROKiT Foundation, said: “With the help of some very brave people in Afghanistan, these girls embarked on a dangerous journey to the Pakistani border in small groups. All passed smoothly.”.

“They have the right to dream”

Kendrick said Pakistan provided 30-day temporary visas to players and their families, who were sent to Lahore before applying for a British visa.

After the visa application was successful, Kendrick said that the second stage of the operation was to “safe accommodation for girls” in Pakistan before the third stage. In the “next weeks”, the girls and their families moved to the UK.

On Saturday, Khalida Popal, the former Afghan women’s team captain now living in Denmark, Twitter: “These girls deserve the best they have ever experienced. They have the right to dream. Thanks to the British government for accepting to be their host country. Thanks to the magical organization that made this possible.”
Former Afghan women's football team captain Khalida Popal.

Siu-Anne Marie Gill, CEO of ROKIT Foundation, stated that the charity will continue to provide support in the UK, “including helping to arrange continuing education […] And to try out the players of several British professional women’s football teams who have expressed interest in meeting with them. ”

Andrea Radrizzani, chairman of the Premier League team Leeds United, last month urged the British government to help these girls resettle in the country.

In a statement sent to updatednews24, the Leeds boss said that he was “prepared to support us in any way to give the girls a prosperous and peaceful future.”

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