Around 1,000 Afghan nationals have been offered temporary refuge in Tajikistan pending onward travel to a third country under a U.S.-organized relocation program.

Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service, known locally as Radio Ozodi, reported on August 28 that around 1,000 Afghan refugees have been accommodated in a tent camp near the airport in the southern city of Kulob. 

Radio Ozodi says that according to sources, 2,000 Afghan citizens have been carried by plane to Kulob from Kabul over the past two weeks.   More than half of them have reportedly already been shipped to other countries.  

Another source said that international organizations had arranged the support for the refugees, comprising the tents, food, water and medicine.

Tajikistan has reportedly provided the Kulob airport  for transit flights carrying evacuated people from Kabul. 

Recall, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on August 20 named Tajikistan as being one of 12 that had agreed to temporarily host at-risk Afghans.  Others included Bahrain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.