An Afghan family arrives at the Torrejón de Ardoz base in Madrid. / AFP

Malaga prepares to welcome a family of Afghan refugees evacuated from Kabul

Andalucía will receive more victims of the crisis, created by the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan, in the coming days


A n Afghan family will be welcomed to Malaga by the Red Cross after being evacuated from Kabul by Spanish troops. They are just a handful of the thousands trying to leave the country after the advance of the Taliban, who have already taken the capital, in response to the withdrawal of Western troops.

The family group is made up of seven people who will be cared for by the NGO experts who have been working in similar situations for more than 25 years. The care protocol includes tools to help them adapt as quickly as possible to life in the city with school guidance, language help and job search support.

The Afghan group will arrive in the city from the Torrejón de Ardoz military base in Madrid, after being evacuated from Kabul at the start of this week.

The Red Cross, which is collaborating with the Government in the face of the international humanitarian crisis, has already been in charge of preparing the reception protocol for the family.

Several regions in Spain, including Madrid, Murcia and Valencia have already welcomed different groups from Afghanistan, and Andalucía now joins the initiative.

According to the national government's delegate in Andalucía, Pedro Fernández, «Andalucía is a land of solidarity, and the Andalusian people will welcome these people who arrive. We cannot forget that they are living an indescribable human drama and it is a desperate and especially hard situation for the women and children.»

Fernández highlighted the «very important role that Spain has played in the evacuation and reception of these refugees», and thanked «the tremendous effort that our armed and security forces are making, as well as society and the different NGOs in a humanitarian crisis that has moved everyone.»