Shabana Basij-Rasikh, the founder of a privately-run School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) on Tuesday said about 250 students, staff and family members were en-route to Rwanda, through Qatar, to begin a “semester abroad for our entire student body”.
Rwanda’s education ministry tweeted a message to welcome the SOLA community to welcome the SOLA community to the country:
The Ministry of Education looks forward to welcoming the SOLA community to Rwanda for your study program. Murakaza neza. https://t.co/SFGRrWiSiA
— Ministry of Education | Rwanda (@Rwanda_Edu) August 24, 2021
The school founder said they hoped to resettle temporarily for only a semester and return to Afghanistan when the situation would permit.
Afghans have been growing desperate to leave their country, in fear of living under Taliban rule, and thousands have have been evacuated to other countries.
The Taliban, which enforced a strict version of Islamic law when they ran Afghanistan before 2001, retook full control of the country more than a week ago.