(KRON / AP) – Reality TV star Kim Kardashian paid for a charter flight to help evacuate more than 30 Afghan girls’ soccer players and their families on Thursday.
Members of Afghanistan’s youth development football team and their families, around 130 people in total, landed at Stansted Airport near London early Thursday morning. They will undergo a 10-day quarantine before starting their new life in the UK.
The players, all between 13 and 19 years old, stayed in Pakistan on temporary visas after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan.
The team enlisted the help of the Tzedek Association, a nonprofit American group that previously helped the last known member of Kabul’s Jewish community leave Afghanistan.
The group’s founder, Rabbi Moshe Margaretten, has worked with reality TV star Kardashian West on criminal law reform in the United States. He reached out to her to help pay for a chartered flight to Britain
“Maybe an hour later, after the Zoom call, I got a text message that Kim wants to fund the entire flight,” Margaretten said.
Kardashian West’s spokeswoman confirmed that the star and her brand SKIMs had chartered the flight.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.