200 Afghan allies 'abandoned and at risk of execution after British withdrawal'


It is estimated that up to 200 translators, British Embassy support staff and their families are at risk of execution or imprisonment by the Taliban, and many are now in hiding

Activists say not a single interpreter left in Afghanistan has been evacuated (

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Activists say that not a single interpreter was evacuated from Afghanistan after Britain left Afghanistan.

It is estimated that up to 200 translators, British Embassy support staff and families are at risk of execution or imprisonment by the Taliban.

Many are now hiding and begging for food and money from family and friends.

Scared interpreters told the Sunday Mirror that the UK had left them.

One named Aleem, 30, said he had worked for the British and US forces in Helmand for 16 months.

Military documents say he was very trustworthy and risked his life.

A letter from Flt Lt Darren Nelson of the 51st Squadron RAF Regiment describes Aleem as “one who embodies the values ​​of courage, hard work and professionalism.”

Allies who have stayed behind face execution or imprisonment by the Taliban

Another letter from a captain who served in the 9/12 Lancers in 2009 describes him as “commendable courage under fire”.

Father of four Aleem said: “We left Kandahar and went to Kabul when the Taliban came. The British Embassy said they were going to get my family out.

“But we didn’t get to the airport in the chaos. I haven’t heard anything since then. We sold all of our jewelry to buy groceries, now we sell our clothes. I hide in a basement with my family. The Taliban are everywhere, constantly looking for anyone who has worked for foreign governments. “

Another interpreter said that he too felt cheated. Abdal, 29, married with two children, said: “I am very angry. I risked my life for the British Government when they needed my help. Now I need your help and nobody contacts me.

Taliban fighters after taking over the country


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“I don’t know what future I can have in this country. I can’t work, I have no money and my family is suffering. The British embassy has assured us that we have a future in Britain.”

The plight of the interpreters was raised by former Major General Charlie Herbert.

He said: “Not one interpreter I track has been taken to a third country by the British government.”

Colonel Simon Diggins, a former military attaché at the British Embassy in Kabul, is also committed to translating.

He said: “Many former Afghan workers, including many who have called for evacuation but have not been able to get flights, are desperately waiting for news of how to get them out. Your life is on hold. We urgently need to know what the UK government is going to do. “

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “Our staff have worked tirelessly to facilitate the rapid evacuation of British nationals, Afghan workers and others. We continue to make every effort to enable those who wish to come to the UK to come here. “

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