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Afghan women soccer players flown to UK with Kardashian help

Members of Afghanistan’s girls’s youth improvement soccer crew arrived in Britain early Thursday after being flown from Pakistan with the assistance of a New York rabbi, a U.Ok. soccer membership and Kim Kardashian.

A aircraft carrying greater than 30 teenage gamers and their households, about 130 folks in all, landed at Stansted Airport close to London. The Afghans will spend 10 days in coronavirus quarantine earlier than beginning new lives in Britain.

English Premier League membership Leeds United has provided to help the gamers.

Britain and different nations evacuated hundreds of Afghans in a rushed airlift as Kabul fell to Taliban militants in August. Many extra folks have since left overland for neighbouring nations in hopes of travelling on to the West.

Ladies enjoying sports activities was seen as a political act of defiance towards the Taliban, and a whole bunch of feminine athletes have left Afghanistan for the reason that group returned to energy and started curbing girls’s schooling and freedoms.

“The Afghan feminine footballers are well-known figures within the nation. Their lives had been in nice hazard due to folks within the nation who opposed their activism and needed to cease their sport and academic actions,” stated Khalida Popal, a former captain of Afghanistan’s nationwide girls’s crew who has spearheaded evacuation efforts for feminine athletes.

Australia evacuated the members of Afghanistan’s nationwide girls’s soccer crew, and the youth women’ crew was resettled in Portugal.

Members of the event crew, a lot of whom come from poor households within the nation’s provinces, managed to achieve Pakistan and ultimately safe U.Ok. visas. However they had been left in limbo for weeks with no flight overseas because the time restrict on their Pakistani visas ticked down.

The crew received assist from the Tzedek Affiliation, a nonprofit U.S. group that beforehand helped the final recognized member of Kabul’s Jewish neighborhood go away Afghanistan.

The group’s founder, Rabbi Moshe Margaretten, has labored with actuality TV star Kardashian on felony justice reform within the U.S. He reached out to her to assist pay for a chartered aircraft to the U.Ok.

“Perhaps an hour later, after the Zoom name, I received a textual content message that Kim needs to fund your complete flight,” Margaretten stated.

Kardashian’s spokeswoman confirmed that the star and her model SKIMs had made the donation.

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