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Canterbury Abbots Barton Hotel staff ‘working hard’ to help Afghan refugees settle in quickly

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A hotel in Canterbury is said to be "working hard" in its bid to help Afghan Refugees.

The Abbots Barton Hotel announced last week it is to accommodate 106 Afghan nationals as part of a project with Canterbury City Council.

These are individuals and their families who have worked with the British armed forces in Afghanistan.

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Refugees that have already arrived in Kent have been left "traumatised" by what they have seen and heard from speaking to those back home.

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The Taliban's recent return to power has seen a surge in refugees fleeing Afghanistan.

The military group were removed from power in 2011 when Western forces invaded the country and their stances on a number of subjects, such as women's rights, make them widely feared.

In a statement posted on their Twitter page, Canterbury City Council said: "A number of families and couples from Afghanistan, including a significant number of children, arrived in Canterbury over the weekend.

"Our team and hotel staff from the Abbots Barton Hotel, who have been brilliant, are working hard to help them settle in as quickly as possible.

"It is a fluid situation as some families have moved on to settled accommodation elsewhere already and more will arrive later this week. We are assessing the needs of the new arrivals including dealing with any health concerns.

"For the time being, those that have arrived have everything they need. While we are immensely grateful for all of the offers of donations, we do not need them at the moment but we'll be quick to appeal for help if that situation changes."

The council also adds that the best way to help at this stage is to make financial donations to charities such as the Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) and Canterbury Welcomes Refugees.

Canterbury Mosque

Canterbury Mosque has also paid regular visits to the hotel in order to offer their support.

A spokesman for the Mosque said: "We've provided a number of basic needs for the families, such as clothes and shoes, and have been able to deliver some of the items to the hotel.

"We have also arranged for their transportation to the Mosque ready for Friday's prayers which will also bring them back to the hotel.

"We have many plans in place and are working to help every day."

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