Afghan interpreter warns compatriots that they are in danger: Afghanistan interpreter Monir, one of many who have helped US forces in Afghanistan for the past 20 years, managed to escape the country earlier this month – but he feared for his comrades who were still there.
For a few years he tried to get a visa from the US but failed, he said; His service with the British and NATO forces allowed him to obtain a visa from the UK within weeks. “I want the American process to be as easy as possible,” he said in a phone conversation with GTmedia News.
Monier said he had applied for a U.S. Special Immigrant visa on more than one occasion and that his first attempt was in 2013. For the first time, he told CBS in July that the State Department had told him his documents were fraudulent but would not allow an appeal. He told GT media News that he currently has a request still pending.
Fortunately, he has friends who are ready to help him. A former Green Beret who had previously worked with Monier raised money, which allowed him to come out. Monier was able to travel on a flight to Dubai, and from there he worked with the UK Embassy to obtain a UK visa.
Monier is currently in London, but his family, friends, and colleagues are not so lucky.
“Their lives are in danger,” Monier said, adding that 18,000 people in his place have applied for visas to escape to the U.S. with their families.
“Right now we are in a bad situation,” he said. “My colleagues and my friends, we worked together, we worked together, we fought together and they were in danger. I feel so bad for them.”
Meanwhile, Monier worries that people are flooding Kabul airport, looking to escape and that at this rate America will not be able to save the “real heroes” who are lagging behind.
Monier, who has worked with the Green Berets and the Seal Team Six, said: “I owe a lot to the U.S. government because I owe a lot to him.
“Please, we have done our jobs honestly,” he said. “Don’t leave them.”