The first bus of people that had fled from Afghanistan arrived in Marnewaard on Friday
Approximately three hundred evacuees from Afghanistan have been housed in repurposed army barracks in Marnewaard near the Lauwersmeer, in Groningen since Friday evening. The first bus (with 28 evacuees onboard) arrived at the Willem Lodewijk van Nassaukazerne Marnewaard, where the COA has set up an emergency shelter. Most of the people currently staying in Groningen are families, reports the GIC.
A second group of 50 people came in the night from Friday to Saturday, and Saturday evening the third group of 85 people came together. All are currently sitting out a 10-day Coronavirus quarantine period.
The first group of people were welcomed to Groningen on Sunday, given basic information and amenities for their first evening and night, and then escorted to their rooms.
Many people from the area have offered both help and supplies, says the COA.