Kenya Evacuating Its Citizens Stranded In Afghanistan

The Government of Kenya has announced that the mission to evacuate Kenyans stranded in Afghanistan is underway.

On Thursday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that it had rescued three people, saying one person arrived in the country on Wednesday evening and two others on Thursday morning.

It noted the three are part of twelve Kenyans working for different international organizations in the Asian country.

The organizations include the Swedish Committee, the World Bank’s Supreme Audit Office, International Rescue Committee, International Development Law Organization, Danish Committee for Aid to Afghanistan Refugees, MEDAIR, Action Contre ka Faim, Handikap International, and Intersos.

Kenya is relying on the Islamabad mission in Pakistan to coordinate the rescue process since it does not have a diplomatic presence in Afghanistan.

“Kenya has no diplomatic presence in Afghanistan nor accreditation to Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Kenya High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan which is the nearest Mission to Afghanistan has reached out to our allies to get information of any Kenyans stranded in Afghanistan and prospects of evacuation,” said the Ministry.

The East African nation is also in contact with two other Kenyan missions in Beijing and Tehran to reach out to the host governments, foreign diplomatic missions, and other partners to evacuate any stranded Kenyan to safety.

Talibans on Sunday took over the capital Kabul forcing foreigners and the civilians to flee the war-torn country.

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