Serve But Not Served

Since the initiation of war in Afghanistan by American and NATO forces thousands of local people in that country, and later in Iraq, have volunteered their time to serve as interpreters in order to participate in efforts to create stable societies. Danish contingents in Afghanistan have drawn upon the services of 195 Afghan interpreters, most of whom worked under dangerous conditions. Many were murdered or had members of their familie killed by Taliban insurgents, but the Danish government has not done much to come to their assistance. Most members of this group applied for asylum since their lives and those of families were at risk once NATO forces left Afghanistan.

As of this date only 11 have been granted asylum in Denmark. It is certain that many in this group will be murdered by the Taliban. Few interpreters who worked for American forces have received asylum. We American place the lives of others at risk and then when our lives are at risk, we leave!

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