British offer asylum to Afghan soccer girls

It concerns a group of 35 football players between the ages of 13 and 19 and their families.

The offer from the UK came just in time: tomorrow the visas of the team who had promised to stay in Pakistan would expire. The girls must return to Afghanistan if other countries refuse to accept them.

No exercise

Since the Taliban took power, women in Afghanistan have been barred from exercising. The Afghanistan women’s national football team therefore fled to Australia early and the women’s juniors have been taken care of in Portugal. Only for the guarantee team has not found a solution. To this day.

British authorities are still busy finalizing paperwork, write BBC. “We look forward to welcoming the Afghan Women’s Development Team soon,” a UK government spokeswoman said.

A life-saving decision

Soccer girls have been on the road for quite some time now. To date, no other country has been willing to host Afghan talent. “This is fantastic news. We thank Prime Minister Boris Johnsen and Home Secretary Priti Patel for this important decision,” said Siu-Anne Marie Gill, director of the UK philanthropic organization Rokit Foundation.

He spoke of the life-saving decision: “70 percent of football girls in Afghanistan have received death threats.”

English club wants to help

The Rokit Foundation plays an important role in organizing and financing the flights of football players. The promise team was supposed to flee to Qatar with their families and coach at the end of August with the organization’s help, but the trip was stalled due to the attack at Kabul airport. Then they were taken to Pakistan by bus.

Several English football clubs, including Leeds United and Chelsea, said they wanted to help the girls.

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