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Prince William praises brave Afghan refugees who risked their lives to work for UK Government



William visited Leeds to celebrate the resilient communities across the region who have come together to support those in need.

His first stop was a local hotel which is being used to accommodate refugees evacuated this autumn from Kabul after the Taliban took over.

He gave some reassurance to the families who had been forced to leave behind everything they knew and loved, sometimes with just hours or even minutes notice.

Prince William said: “The most important thing is that you are safe now. You have a bright future. You couldn’t be more welcome. Thank you for all you have done for us.”

The hotel has housed up to 175 people at any one time, often for weeks but sometimes for months, until they can find permanent accommodation.

The local authority, community organisations and charities have all helped with sorting out everything from schools and nurseries to days out, fitness classes, clothes and toys.

The prince  – who was greeted by resounding cheers and applause from the refugees – sat down with two families who escaped Kabul in September to come to the UK.

But first there was praise from Hussain Saeedi Samangan, who worked as a former political secretary at the British Embassy in Kabul.

He heaped on praise for the press who helped former Afghan interpreters get a safe relocation to the UK.



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