Friday 19th November 2021
Financed flight to England
Kardashian enables Afghan women to flee
The Taliban forbid women footballers to play in public in Afghanistan. Now TV star Kim Kardashian is helping 35 members of a girls’ soccer team to flee the misogynist regime – and brings them to Great Britain.
An evacuation flight funded by US reality TV star Kim Kardashian has brought players from an Afghan girls’ soccer team to the UK. The 35 soccer players and their families, a total of 130 people, landed at Stansted Airport near London, according to the Rokit Foundation involved in the evacuation. The soccer team fled Afghanistan after the radical Islamic Taliban came to power.
The young people first came to Pakistan, where they received a visa for a limited period of 30 days. However, they feared they would be sent back to Afghanistan once their residence permits had expired and they looked for another host country. A charter plane has now brought them to Great Britain, where they want to build a new life in a hotel after a ten-day corona quarantine. A Kardashian spokesman told PA UK news agency that the flight was funded by Kardashian and her clothing brand Skims. Rokit Foundation Chair, Siu-Anne Gill, said she was “deeply moved by the courage of these girls”. “It inspired us to ensure that their efforts to escape were not in vain,” she added.
The Premier League club Leeds United has also offered to help the footballers after their arrival in England. Club owner Andrea Radrizzani was delighted with the team’s safe landing in Great Britain. “We are honored to have played our part and we are grateful that the UK government made it possible for them to travel to the UK.” A UK government spokesman said that like other evacuees, the Afghan girls’ soccer team in the UK will receive a “warm welcome, support and shelter”. After their return to power, the Taliban announced in mid-August that Afghan women could continue to play football, albeit only under strict conditions. Above all, you are not allowed to play in public. Other female soccer players have already fled to Portugal.