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Kim Kardashian Helps 130 Female Footballers Escape From Afghanistan

Kim Kardashian Helps 130 Female Footballers Escape From Afghanistan

The social media megastar helped orchestrate a rescue mission by paying for a charter flight for 130 female footballers and their families.

Max Sherry

Max Sherry

People have heaped praise on Kim Kardashian for orchestrating a rescue mission which helped get around 130 female footballers and their families out of Afghanistan.

Kardashian, alongside Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani, assisted the Afghan footballers in fleeing from the Taliban while also ensuring they can resettle safely in the United Kingdom.

Kim Kardashian.

Reports suggest the players, who were fearing for their lives, were evacuated out of Kabul back in September following the Taliban's rapid takeover of the capital.

Upon hearing of their story, it's understood Kardashian has now paid for a charter flight which would ensure safe passage out of Pakistan and into London.

The Afghans will now spend 10 days in Covid-19 quarantine before beginning their new lives.

Rabbi Moshe Margaretten is the founder of Tzedek Association and has worked closely alongside Kim K during her criminal justice reform campaign.

It was Margaretten who initially reached out to the social media megastar, but he admits she wasted no time in throwing her support behind the cause.

"Maybe an hour later, after the Zoom call, I got a text message that Kim wants to fund the entire flight," Margaretten told the Associated Press.

Players from the Kabul Club back in 2017.

Former Afghanistan national team captain and human rights activist Khalida Popal said she was "so happy and so relieved" that the women had touched down safely in Britain.

"Many of those families left their houses when the Taliban took over. Their houses were burnt down," Popal told the Associated Press.

"Some of their family members were killed or taken by Taliban. So the danger and the stress was very high, and that's why it was very important to move fast to get them outside Afghanistan."

She added: "Thanks to all the amazing people and governments who made this possible. My girls will breathe in freedom soon.

"And many thanks to Kim Kardashian for funding the charter."

Leeds owner Radrizzani also played a big role in helping the plan come together.

"When I received a call asking for help to rescue the youth team from Afghanistan, I didn't even know where to start," Radrizzani tweeted.

"Today they flew to the UK. Proud to be part of the team to make this real. Let's dream (that) one day they will play in @LUFC".

Featured Image Credit: PA

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