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Operation Warm Welcome: the hotel that became home to 100 refugees

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When the Taliban took control of Kabul in August 2021, the Koofi family were among 8,000 Afghans airlifted to safety in the UK, as part of the government’s Operation Warm Welcome. The New Statesman’s Sophie McBain met them in a hotel in the north of England soon afterwards, where they were waiting to be resettled. As the months passed, she followed their new life, as well as that of the hotel staff and its other residents: an uncertain limbo of bureaucracy and confinement. 

Written and read by Sophie McBain. 


Read the text version here. It was published on the New Statesman website and in the magazine on 10 December 2021.


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