Abandoned in Afghanistan

March 19, 2013 at 8:43 am (Afghanistan, asylum, good people, Human rights, solidarity, terror, thuggery, war)

From Abdul M via Avaaz.com

Dear friends across the UK,

The Taliban called me, saying I’m “an infidel spy”, they know where I live and will “punish” me. My crime? To work as a translator for British troops and journalists here in Afghanistan. But together we can get Britain to save me and a few hundred others who have risked everything!

Right now, Foreign Secretary William Hague is wondering whether to give me and other Afghan translators asylum, as the UK did for Iraqi translators — and we’re worried he’ll say no. We’ve worked with the British to help set our country free, and we’ve saved many British lives. But now my family and many others have had to go into hiding: every day we stay here it gets more dangerous.

Hague could decide whether to save or snub us any day now. If enough people call on him, he may grant us asylum. In days it’s the 10 year anniversary of the war in Iraq, and former British servicemen are ready to go to the media then to grab Hague’s attention on this. Let’s demand he does the right thing — sign and share our petition with everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Abandoned_in_Afghanistan/?bTDuoeb&v=23132

There are roughly 600 translators doing this dangerous work in Afghanistan – not just helping the army, but also helping journalists and aid workers. Many of us have already been killed or injured just for doing our jobs – a few years ago my brother was blown up on a patrol, and was left with horrific scars and 163 stitches. Many more of us have received death threats from the Taliban — and we all desperately fear what will happen when British troops leave soon.

When I went to the British authorities in Afghanistan about the death threats, they told me to go to my local police — the same police force that has a fearsome reputation for corruption, kidnapping and worse! Now, the UK government has said it is reviewing its policy and will assess asylum applications on a case by case basis, but this is a lengthy and difficult process with no guarantee of success – and in that time, I could be dead.

Our situation is desperate. I am the sole provider for my family — my parents are old and I have three young children. They have no way of supporting themselves if something were to happen to me. We’ve already had to go into hiding, and it’s harder and harder for us each day.

Our fate lies in the British government’s hands. Please join our call to William Hague now to free us from the terror that plagues us every day:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Abandoned_in_Afghanistan/?bTDuoeb&v=23132

For years, my colleagues and I have stood shoulder to shoulder with British soldiers, journalists and aid workers. We’ve risked everything for them, and for our country’s freedom. Please don’t abandon us now, in our hour of need.

In peace and hope,

Abdul

More information:

Is the UK abandoning its Afghan interpreters?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21406826

Afghans who served Britain ‘should be allowed to settle like Iraqi interpreters’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9754924/Afghans-who-served-Britain-should-be-allowed-to-settle-like-Iraqi-interpreters.html

2 Comments

  1. Michael Moran said,

    lol, so no ‘socialists’ act as attorneys for Imperialist lackeys?

  2. Jim Denham said,

    It’s a basic human rights issue: it’s a disgrace to call these people “lackeys” when they’ve put their lives on the line against the fascists of the Taliban.

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