Four Afghan interpreters, who worked on the British army in Afghanistan and are now in hiding after receiving death threats from the Taliban, have cautioned once again into the UK to grant them asylum.
All four have been denied asylum in the united kingdom due to a policy that restricts movement for Afghans who functioned in southern Helmand province, scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the nation, between 2011 and 2012.
The guys, who were granted certificates of commendations and medals for their work, told Al Jazeera last week they served with the British military for many years at Helmand, but until the blocked timeframe that the coverage cites.
The policy was released by Prime Minister Theresa May if she was home secretary.
“I am scared. I am confident that should they catch me, they could kill me” said one interpreter, who refused to provide his name for fear of reprisal.
“We now have proof of several interpreters who were murdered. There is no difference for the Taliban. They will kill me .”
In 2015, an interpreter for US forces in Afghanistan had been abducted, tortured and murdered by the Taliban. Sakhidad Afghan’s entire body, who awaited a US visa, was left on a street in Kabul because of warning\.
The other interpreter, that worked with British forces for four decades – three of them in Helmand – said he had to flee house from the eastern Logar state with his wife and seven children due to threats from the Taliban.
“They will not talk to us. They’ll kill us straight away,” he said.
His wife explained:”We’ve got a great deal of enemies. We’re currently concealing and we’re currently moving from one place to another. We are all in danger, such as the children\. We always worry about what will happen when we leave home since there are many Taliban spies around.”
British forces in Afghanistan employed 7,000 Afghan civilians. Half of these were interpreters. Approximately 1,150, including dependents, have settled in the UK.
In comparison, the United States has granted asylum to more than 9,000 Afghans and (********************), 00 dependents.
“What’s the British government left us?” Asked one interpreter.
“Where are the human rights? Where would be the officers? They do not care about us. Why doesn’t the parliament care about us? Why should they a blind eye on us?”
Simon Diggins, a former British colonel, has condemned the UK policy.
“I think we treat them very badly. Interpreters gave their lives , people are injured, they have been killed and in Afghanistan , we could not have completed our job with them. For them, I think, we have a genuine debt of honor for them,” explained Diggins.
Reporting from Tony Birtley