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Treatment of Afghan Interpreters

Approximately one month, the Director of Faith Matters, Fiyaz Mughal, highlighted the plight of Afghan Interpreter, Mohammed Nabi, and how he was sleeping rough on the streets of Athens. Nabi’s case was initially documented and he was assisted by Jess Webster, who works with refugees in Greece.

Having heard of the case, the petition by the Director of Faith Matters, has now reached over 116,000 signatories within 5 weeks. It is now being backed by the Sun on Sunday and has also been highlighted by the Daily Mail and the Metro. Yet, the Government have made no headway in addressing this issue. There is therefore a groundswell of public opinion backing Nabi’s case, yet the politicians refuse to even acknowledge this case.

Mohammed Nabi worked for ISAF and British forces in Afghanistan between 2008-2011. He has received numerous commendations for his work with British Forces such as from the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. He was instrumental in interpreting Taliban commands in real time when in the field with British soldiers and thereby he was key to tracking Taliban troop movements and attack points against British soldiers.

Speaking to Mughal in Athens he said that:
“My role was to work with commanding officers and I was the bridge between Afghan forces and British commanding officers. When officers from the British army went to speak to village elders, I was with them. There was an unwritten command that Taliban leaders gave to their forces to kill Afghan Interpreters first so that British and ISAF forces would be blind in the field. I was at risk of suicide bombers in such situations in villages as they tried to target British commanding officers and their interpreters”.

Nabi left working with the British armed forces after 1 year, (in 2009), because of threats from senior Afghan commanders made against his family and against him. He rejoined ISAF and British forces within 3 months of leaving since his skills were suited to armed forces work and he could not find other work and served again as an Afghan interpreter until 2011.

In 2016, an attempted kidnap against him failed and ‘night knocks’ against his front door raised threat levels against him and he fled on foot through Iran and into Turkey where he lounged for 18 months with no assistance from aid agencies who were assisting families. They were therefore not focused on assisting young single men.

Repeated attempts to highlight his case and the threat to his four children and wife failed in Turkey and he was left destitute and penniless, where he took up shepherding for basic subsistence. Each month though, saw the Taliban makes gains and come closer to his village and Nabi said that the policy of the Taliban to the children of people who assisted ISAF forces was to call them ‘sons of snakes, who were snakes themselves’. In other words, the children of Afghan interpreters were at serious of attack.

In 2016, to highlight his case he left Turkey and ended up being arrested in Greece and jailed. He was eventually released and claimed asylum though ended up penniless sleeping on a park bench in Athens where the Director of Faith Matters met up with him.

Speaking about the plight of Afghan Interpreters and in particular Nabi’s case, Fiyaz Mughal OBE, who developed the petition and who worked with the Sun on Sunday to highlight his case, said:

“Nabi has been denied entry into the UK and given no assistance when he approached UK Government agencies. How can this be right when he saw Afghan colleagues die in battle and Nabi was there saving British lives by interpreting Taliban commands whilst rounds went over his head. The only possessions he has are the plastic-coated commendations from officers because of his work in the field. It is disgusting the way that this man has been treated.

“The treatment of Afghan interpreters is a national disgrace and what the petition and the support from national newspapers shows is that the public care, whilst politicians have shown little courage in addressing this matter. I believe that anyone who has served more than a year in Afghanistan supporting our armed forces and who can show that their lives are in danger because of their work, must be let in. We relied on them to keep our armed forces safe, and now they need our help. This national disgrace must end and I will keep speaking out”.

PBS Primetime Program Highlights + Sept 17-23

Week of September 17-23, 2017

Program photos, releases and videos for selected shows available on PBS PressRoom® (http://www.pbs.org/pressroom).

 

In this week’s highlights:

1. On-air Picks of the Week

2. New and Notable Videos​

3. Local Connections Google Map

4. PBS Primetime Schedule, Sunday-Saturday

 

On-air Picks of the Week

• *NEW* THE VIETNAM WAR. Premieres Sunday-Thursday, September 17-21, 8:00 p.m. ET, with an immediate repeat.

 

New and Notable Video

Full-length programs:

 

BEYOND A YEAR IN SPACE full-length episode. Premieres Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET.

 

WALT DISNEY: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Part 1 full-length episode and Part 2 full-length episode. Encore broadcasts air Tuesdays, August 29-September 5, 2017, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “La Traviata” full-length episode. Premieres August 2017 (check local listings).

Embeddable Clips:

DIANA – HER STORY trailer. Premieres Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “Eugene Onegin” trailer. Premieres in August 2017 (check local listings).
 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

8:00-9:30 PM:

*NEW* THE VIETNAM WAR “Déjà Vu” (VWAR) (#101) (TV-MA, V)

After a century of French occupation, Vietnam emerges independent but divided into North and South.

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS

 

9:30-11:00 PM:

THE VIETNAM WAR “Déjà Vu” (VWAR) (#101) (R) (TV-MA, V)

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS

 
 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

8:00-9:30 PM:

*NEW* THE VIETNAM WAR “Riding the Tiger” (VWAR) (#102) (TV-MA, V, L)

As a communist insurgency gains strength, JFK wrestles with American involvement in South Vietnam.

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS

 

9:30-11:00 PM:

THE VIETNAM WAR “Riding the Tiger” (VWAR) (#102) (R) (TV-MA, V, L)

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS


 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

8:00-10:00 PM:

*NEW* THE VIETNAM WAR “The River Styx” (VWAR) (#103) (TV-MA, V, L)

With South Vietnam near collapse, LBJ begins bombing the North and sends US troops to the South.

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS

 

10:00 PM-12:00 AM:

THE VIETNAM WAR “The River Styx” (VWAR) (#103) (R) (TV-MA, V, L)

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS

 
 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

8:00-10:00 PM:

*NEW* THE VIETNAM WAR “Resolve” (VWAR) (#104) (TV-MA, V, L)

U.S. soldiers discover Vietnam is unlike their fathers’ war, while the antiwar movement grows.

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS

 

 

10:00 PM-12:00 AM:

THE VIETNAM WAR “Resolve” (VWAR) (#104) (R) (TV-MA, V, L)

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

8:00-10:00 PM:

*NEW* THE VIETNAM WAR “This Is What We Do” (VWAR) (#105) (TV-MA, V, L)

President Johnson escalates the war while promising the public that victory is in sight.

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS

 

10:00 PM-12:00 AM:

THE VIETNAM WAR “This Is What We Do” (VWAR) (#105) (R) (TV-MA, V, L)

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/v/Vietnam

#VietnamWarPBS

 
 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

8:00-8:30 PM:

*NEW* WASHINGTON WEEK (WWIR) (#5712) (EXEMPT)

​Join Robert Costa and noted journalists for a discussion of the big stories from DC.

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/w/WASHINGTON-WEEK.aspx

@washingtonweek | #WashingtonWeek

 

8:30-9:00 PM:

*NEW* THIRD RAIL WITH OZY (THIR) (#103) (EXEMPT)

Emmy-winner Carlos Watson moderates a weekly debate on a provocative topic, with input from viewers.

 

9:00-9:30 PM:

*NEW* CHARLIE ROSE – THE WEEK (CRSU) (#511) (EXEMPT)

Join Charlie Rose for highlights of conversations with the week’s guests on his nightly program.

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/c/CHARLIE-ROSE-THE-WEEK.aspx

@CharlieRoseShow

 

9:30-10:00 PM:

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

10:00-11:00 PM:

*NEW* CRAFT IN AMERICA “Borders” (CRIA) (#901)

​Explore the relationships and influences Mexican and American craft artists have on each other.

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/c/CRAFT-IN-AMERICA

​#CraftinAmerica
 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

9:00-10:00 PM:

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Florence + the Machine/Andra Day” (AUCL) (#4204) (R) (TV-PG)

http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/a/AUSTIN-CITY-LIMITS.aspx 

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