The ministry of foreign affairs has given an update on the number of Kenyans safely evacuated from Afghanistan after the Taliban militant’s takeover.
Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo announced that so far a total of 52 Kenyans had been evacuated from Afghanistan.
According to Omamo, twelve Kenyans who were working in Afghanistan for private contractors were evacuated to Birmingham in the UK.
Another group of 40 Kenyans were evacuated to Kazakhstan on Wednesday night.
Omamo said the evacuation was enabled by the Kenyan Embassy in Beijing, China.
“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,” Omamo said.
She said three Kenyans are still stranded in Kabul hoping to be evacuated as the situation at Kabul airport continues to be a challenge.
“For those who wish to be evacuated, the Kenyan Missions will continue to reach out to the private companies to ensure the safety and welfare of the Kenyan nationals,” Omamo said.
Earlier on Thursday, the foreign affairs ministry through a statement said that there had been 12 Kenyans were working in Afghanistan for international organizations.
The ministry stated that three of them had been evacuated and plans were underway to rescue the remaining citizens.
The statement further said that the Kenyans would be rescued through diplomatic channels and the government was working closely with the embassy in Pakistan to gather information about any Kenyans that might have been stranded in Afghanistan.
The ministry sated that even though there was no diplomatic presence of the government in Afghanistan, the safety of Kenyans in the country was of great importance to the government.
Omamo stated that through diplomatic channels, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote to the concerned organizations requesting them to evacuate stranded Kenyans as soon as possible.
Afghanistan was thrown into a state of political unrest after the Taliban fighters took control of the country following the withdrawal of the US troop after an operation that lasted 20 years.
President Ashraf Ghani was forced to flee the country and is seeking refuge in the United Arabs Emirates.