UK ‘abandoning’ Afghan interpreters

The UK government has been accused of abandoning hundreds of Afghan interpreters, who worked for British forces in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The translators accused the British Prime Minister David Cameron of betraying and letting them down.

Å“Even in the presence of British and US troops we donâ„¢t feel safe. Next year, when theyâ„¢re gone, will be much worse. We and our families are all in danger,” said an interpreter.

Å“David Cameron has talked about our safety but all the interpreters are really worried. We feel weâ„¢re being abandoned to the Taliban.”

Meanwhile, a group of campaigners, including MPs, urged the government to extend protection measures to offer a safe haven to all translators, serving in the war-torn country since 2001.

The move comes after it emerged last week that Britain would offer five-year visas to those interpreters who have regularly served on the front line.

According to the reports, the visas will be granted to about half of the 1,200 interpreters who are currently employed by Britainâ„¢s Foreign Office and Armed Forces.

Afghan interpreters now fear retaliation from Taliban militants as foreign forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Some 20 interpreters working with British troops in Afghanistan were killed in action and dozens have been injured. Another five were said to have been killed while off duty.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV