The first batch of Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover has arrived in Uganda. They will receive temporary refuge before relocating to the US. Some Ugandans, however, are concerned about their country's security.
It is the first batch of the 2,000 Afghan refugees expected to be resettled in Uganda.Professor Mwambutsya Ndebesa, a historian and lecturer at Makerere University in Kampala, told DW that Uganda could attract unwanted attention from terrorist groups by hosting Afghan refugees."Afghan refugees may turn the attention of international terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, al-Shabab, and ISIS to Uganda and destabilize the country," he said.He is worried that the deal hatched between the United States and Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni to host the Afghan refugees could dent relations between Afghanistan and Uganda.
Ugandan political scientist Ndebesa also underscored that the deal to host Afghan refugees would only serve to boost Museveni's image abroad.Despite such concerns, some ordinary Ugandans have welcomed the decision to resettle Afghan refugees in Uganda.