More Afghan families will be welcomed in Nottinghamshire

By Ellie Danemann

Three more Afghan families who are in immediate danger will be supported by a Nottinghamshire council.

Newark and Sherwood District Council has pledged to support the families who have served with the UK Government and British troops.

Last month, the authority pledges support to a family who arrived and second family is due to arrive imminently.

It comes after the Ministry of Defence asked for local authorities across the country to offer support for Afghans fleeing the Taliban.

The district council has increased the number of families it is able to re-home to five, the highest number of homes pledged across Nottinghamshire.

It says that its resettlement support and integration schemes have been a success.

Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Re-homing those from Afghanistan is morally the right thing to do and we will always do our bit to support those living in life-threatening circumstances.

“No one should have to live in fear of their life and, if we can help in any little way, then we will do so.

"I have been overwhelmed by the response from our local community. We have been flooded with generous offers of toys, furniture and clothes.

“These people have acted heroically as our allies, despite the risk to themselves and their families, and it is only right that we do all we can to keep them safe and recognise their service and contribution to our country.

“We’re pleased to see more families come to the district and I know the residents of Newark and Sherwood will help us in welcoming them when they arrive.”

Items of food or other essentials can be donated to local Food Banks or at a supermarket collection points where they will be provided to those who need it most.

It comes as 200 people, including Americans, flew out of Kabul in the first operation of its kind since US forces left the country.

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