Afghanistan: Interpreters unable to escape describe terrorism while hiding from the Taliban | world News

Trapped in Afghanistan, translators described their horror as they hid from the Taliban as the British evacuation effort entered its final hours.

translator injured in Thursday terrorist attack Outside Kabul airport, he told Sky News he was sure he would be killed by Jemaah Islamiyah if he was found after being unable to flee the country.

Another translator, who worked with the British armed forces from 2009 to 2011, says he had “no idea where to go” after his application to move to the UK was rejected.

Live updates from Afghanistan as evacuations resume after bombings

Crowds waiting in horrific conditions outside the airport, hoping to flee the country

There are fears that the Taliban will retaliate against any of the local residents who helped Western interests in Afghanistan After the militants took control of the country.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said that despite the relocation of nearly 14,000 people from Afghanistan in the past two weeks “The sad truth is, not everyone will come out.”

A translator, whose name and location have not been released for his safety, told Sky News that he went into hiding after witnessing the first bombing yesterday.

He says he worked as a translator on construction projects and logistics operations run by British companies across Afghanistan from 2011 to 2016.

He claims that despite receiving confirmation from the Home Office that he qualified for an evacuation flight, he was turned away from the airport by British soldiers after the explosions.

Explosion in the aftermath.  Pic: TOLOnews
Thursday’s terrorist attack killed 13 US soldiers and 95 Afghans. Pic: TOLOnews

“All my hopes and dreams were to go to the UK,” he told Sky News.

“When I was rejected, I lost my mind. I was so angry. I ripped my clothes, smashed my phone. I was even happy to kill me.”

He believes he is certain that he will be killed by the Taliban if the group finds him, and he said in a letter to the British government: “We have put our lives in danger, and we have taken a risk.

“They shouldn’t leave me alone to these monsters.”

The interpreter was among the crowd gathered outside Kabul airport before Thursday's terrorist attack
The interpreter was among the crowd outside Kabul airport before Thursday’s attack

Another translator, who said he worked in the “most dangerous areas of Afghanistan” with Britain’s armed forces, told Sky News he was “terrified” after he went into hiding with his family.

The man, whose identity is also protected, claims his request to move to the UK was rejected “at the last minute” as he pleaded with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to intervene.

He told Kay Burley on Sky News he was “hiding somewhere in Afghanistan and had no idea where to go”.

He said, “I’m terrified.”

“I have worked with British forces in the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan and I deserve to be transferred to the UK as soon as possible because we have served British forces, and these people (the Taliban) know we did.”

The interpreter said he was told that his visa application had been rejected for security reasons but insisted that he had no criminal record.

He believes his application was rejected due to a “misunderstanding”.

“I would really appreciate it if the Home Office or Mr. Boris Johnson could do something for us,” he added.

The translator said he believed the Taliban knew the identities of Afghans who worked with coalition forces.

“They will find them,” he said. “I do not know when.

“My neighbors know, my relatives and the people I’ve worked with…these people know I’ve worked with the coalition forces, so sooner or later they’ll be able to find us.”

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A government spokesperson said: “No one should be put at risk because they have supported the UK government in Afghanistan.

“Throughout the difficult situation in Kabul, UK staff quickly processed hundreds of ARAP requests per day.

“We have significantly expanded and accelerated the transfer plan and carefully evaluated each applicant for eligibility and security.

“Those who have been dismissed for serious offenses, including those constituting an offense in the UK or who have threatened the safety and security of British forces, will continue to be disqualified.”

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