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Afghan refugees receive ‘avalanche of love’ upon arrival in the UK: Finally safe

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British Red Cross teams are supporting hundreds of families, some said to be “incredibly traumatised” and in need of emotional support.

Staff and volunteers are greeting arrivals at airports and giving out basic items like warm clothing and hygiene kits.

Edmore Hute, the charity’s refugee support manager, said: “There’s hundreds of people who have arrived with their families fresh from a harrowing journey, leaving behind homes and loved ones in uncertainty. First and foremost, we are providing kindness and reassurance that they are in a safe place. This is vital, especially in these first days.

“Thanks to the British public for the avalanche of love, warmth and support that the evacuees have been reporting to us.”

Mr Hute said the Red Cross was “bowled over” with offers of items like clothing and toys. But he said a financial donation is preferred as it can be transferred instantly to areas that need it most.

He added: “Due to having to leave Afghanistan so quickly, there is a real need for clothes and other essential items.”

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