Hero Afghan Military Interpreter Mohammed Nabi Wardak Must Be Let into the UK
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Hero Afghan Interpreter Mohammed Nabi Wardak, 30, is sleeping on the streets of Athens and fled his country of Afghanistan since he helped British armed forces in the fight against the Taliban. This simply cannot be right and it’s our duty to help him.
Mohammed served on the front line in Helmand Province between 2008 and 2011. His commanding officers during this time described him as an “excellent interpreter” who risked his life on many occasions. Earlier this year a review in policy meant that over Afghan interpreters had been given the right to stay in the UK to protect from the threat of extremists and as a way to recognise the work they have done for us. Mohammed deserves that too.
Mohammed was threatened during his service with our armed forces and continued to receive threats by the Taliban which have been directed to his family and to him. He was forced to leave the army because of it and leave a second time to look after his sick mother. Again he has had to leave his wife and family in Afghanistan, with four children, aged eight, six, five and three. He is now alone and living on the streets of Athens.
I’m the founder of Faith Matters and we work on building stronger community relations in the UK and in tackling hatred, prejudice and intolerance. We also work on countering far right and Islamist extremism in the UK and beyond. This is why we are disgusted that this brave man, who had to leave his country since he helped our military and who now is a target of the Taliban, is left to fend on the streets of Athens. Risking his life for us, he was told "that he and his family do not qualify for relocation to the UK". This simply cannot be right.
We are working with an NGO in Athens to help bring him here but we need your help. Please sign this petition to collectively send a message to the Government that this brave man who risked all for us, cannot be left to fend for himself, with his family also at risk. This Government talks much about tackling extremism and terrorism. The least we can do is to provide sanctuary to those who stood with us in the fight against it.
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