More than 30 teenage female football players from Afghanistan’s youth development team landed at London airport with their families on Thursday after US reality star Kim Kardashian West paid for a chartered flight to bring the players to the UK.
New York rabbi Rosh Margaretton, founder of the Jewish non-profit Tzedek Association—who recently helped expel a man who was believed to be Last Jew in Afghanistan — approached Kardashian West to help the team get to the UK after working together on US criminal justice reform, they said The Associated Press,
Shortly after, Kardashian West offered to pay full price Margaretton said the chartered flight from Pakistan for the group of 132 people included players and their families.
The players, all aged 13 to 19, were living in Pakistan on temporary visas after fleeing Afghanistan fearing their safety amid a chaotic Taliban takeover.
They will follow UK coronavirus measures and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
Leeds United, which compete in the English Premier League, have help players and while their families immigrated to the UK