Protect ALL Afghan interpreters who served with British troops

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Protect ALL Afghan interpreters who served with British troops

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Hundreds of Afghan interpreters chose to help British troops fight the Taliban and risked everything doing so. I served three tours in Afghanistan, without the hard work and sacrifice of the interpreters many more British lives would have been lost.

We owe them a debt that must be repaid. 'Moral duty' doesn't rest solely with the British soldier in Helmand, it is a British value that must be demonstrated by the Government as well.

Now the UK Government has turned its back on their calls for help. It is refusing to give support or resettlement to the interpreters who completed their duties between 2006 and 2012 unless they can 'prove' they are being intimidated.

Should the Government do nothing, I fear that in few years’ time when the scale of Taliban retribution on the former interpreters has become apparent, when my children point out that I once served alongside the interpreters and when they ask me what I did to help them, at least I can say I tried.

It is my belief that any man, who is courageous enough to fight alongside the British Army in the defence of our British values and standards, when threatened, is entitled to live under the protection of this country.

This change.org petition calls on the UK Government to protect the interpreters. To ignore them is already condemning them to persecution and murder at the hands of the Taliban.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

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