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Afghan Interpreters In Peril

Sayid, who is head of the association of "left-behind" interpreters, says that after seven years of working with U.S. forces, he has been placed on a list preventing him from leaving the country, finding another job or even joining the Afghan National Army. (Screenshot from BBC video)
Sayid, who is head of the association of "left-behind" interpreters, says that after seven years of working with U.S. forces, he has been placed on a list preventing him from leaving the country, finding another job or even joining the Afghan National Army. (Screenshot from BBC video)

Hundreds of interpreters who worked with U.S. forces in Afghanistan say they’ve been put on a blacklist, trapping them in a country in which they are no longer safe.

The translators claim that once on the list — often for minor offenses in the past — they cannot apply for a special visa to live in America or get a job in their own country, and they are also being hunted by the Taliban.

The U.S. government says the translators could pose a security risk. The BBC’s Thomas Martienssen has this report.


Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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  • Thomas Martienssen, correspondent for the BBC. He tweets @martienssen.

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