More than 50 Kenyans evacuated from Afghanistan

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Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that 52 Kenyans have been evacuated from war-torn Afghanistan.

According to the Ministry, twelve who were reported to be working for international organizations in the Asian country were evacuated to Birmingham and the other 40 to Kazakhstan.

Operations are underway to rescue others who have been working in the security sector and private companies.

“Kenyan missions in the region continue to reach out to Kenyans employed in the security sector and others engaged by private companies who are yet to be evacuated by their employees,” read the statement from the Ministry.

The Ministry also revealed that three other Kenyans are stranded in Kabul, waiting to be rescued.

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Afghanistan – Photo credit: BBC

It announced on Thursday that it 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.

It 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.

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