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Honour debt to courageous Afghan interpreters, peers urge

08 Aug 2020 Daily Mail Online

Peers called yesterday for ministers to put an end to the ‘unedifying saga’ of Afghan interpreters being abandoned to the Taliban.

Lord West, a former head of the Royal Navy, said he had spent six years calling on the Government to ‘honour its debt’ to those who risked their lives supporting British forces in Afghanistan.

He said the ‘foot-dragging’ gave a ‘terrible message’ to people UK troops might need to rely upon in a future war.

Lord West, a former head of the Royal Navy, said he had spent six years calling on the Government to ‘honour its debt’ to those who risked their lives supporting British forces in Afghanistan.

The Taliban regularly targets interpreters who assisted western forces in Afghanistan 

His calls for around 150 interpreters to be given sanctuary were echoed by crossbench peer Baroness Coussins, who said the delays were ‘unacceptable’.

Ministers promised that 50 translators would be allowed to come to Britain under new rules – but just two have been allowed in two years later.

In addition, the Government pledged that interpreters already in the UK could be reunited with their wives and children but this too has so far not materialised.

It came as two former Afghan translators for the British military told how they survived Taliban ambushes. Both said it was a ‘miracle’ they escaped and described how they have been forced into hiding after Afghan police warned them they were on a Taliban death list because of their work for UK forces.

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Photographs of gaping bullet holes in the windscreens and doors of the vehicles of the men, who were the eyes and ears of troops in Helmand, show how close they came to being hit.

The pair, named Hamim and Mayar, say they are telling their stories to illustrate the dangers faced by former interpreters refused sanctuary in the UK.

Hamim, 45, said: ‘ We have no safety, no future here waiting for the Taliban to hunt us down.’ This week the Mail’s Betrayal of the Brave campaign highlighted the names and stories of 48 interpreters living in fear of the Taliban after the UK refused to grant them visas.

The Government said it ‘remained committed’ to ensuring a fair system for the resettlement of interpreters.

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