Kim Kardashian Afghanistan football team news: Reality TV star pays for flight

Kim Kardashian, a New York rabbi and $ 800 million football boss, has performed an extraordinary act for an exiled Afghan women’s team.

Kim Kardashian West has donated thousands to send the Afghan women’s soccer team to Britain.

It emerged on Friday (AEDT) that the model has paid for the team and their families to come to the UK after fleeing the Taliban earlier this year.

They landed at Stansted Airport near London after Interior Minister Priti Patel issued visas to the entire development group, The sun reports.

The team was flown from Pakistan, where they had been in hiding since escaping the bloodthirsty Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August.

The football club Leeds United also helped bring the development side of teenage girls and their families – about 130 in total to safety.

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Khalida Popal, a former captain of Afghanistan’s national women’s team who has spearheaded the evacuation effort for female athletes, said she felt “so happy and so relieved” that the girls and women were out of danger.

She added: “Many of these families left their houses when the Taliban took over. Their houses were burned down.

“Some of their family members were killed or taken by the Taliban. So the danger and stress was very high, and therefore it was very important to move quickly to get them outside Afghanistan. “

Kim Kardashian West paid for the flight after being contacted by New York rabbi Moshe Margaretten, who has worked with the reality TV star on criminal law reform in the United States.

He said: “Maybe an hour later, after the Zoom call, I got a text message that Kim wants to fund the entire flight.”

A spokeswoman for Kim confirmed that the star and her brand SKIMs had chartered the flight.

Siu-Anne Gill, CEO of the ROKiT Foundation, which also helped coordinate the footballers’ escape from Afghanistan, said she was “extremely humbled by the courage shown by these girls”.

“It has inspired us to make sure that their efforts to cross the border are not wasted.”

She said the girls aged 12 and up to members of the under-23 team had been given phones filled with £ 100 in credit by the charity.

A government spokesman said: “Like others we have brought to the UK from Afghanistan, Afghanistan’s girls’ soccer team will receive a warm welcome, support and accommodation.

“The government is committed to doing everything it can to support the most needy, including vulnerable women and girls at risk, who have had to flee Afghanistan.”

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani was also hailed for her team’s role in the plan.

Radrizzani tweeted: “When I received a call asking for help rescuing the youth team from Afghanistan, I did not even know where to start.

“Today they flew to the UK. Proud to be part of the team to make this a reality. Let’s dream (that) they will one day play in @LUFC”.

This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission

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