22 Apr '16, 3pm

Former US interpreters worry Taliban will arrive before visa does

Former US interpreters worry Taliban will arrive before visa does

Malikzada’s weary eyes darted to the entrance of his bare-walled room with every bump or slam of a door. The carefree smile has been replaced by a taut face and hard stare, his jaw clenched with worry that he is losing the ability to protect his family. His dream of a life in a peaceful Afghanistan has been buried by night letters, beatings and ominous phone calls. The only future he sees now is the chance to move to the United States on a Special Immigrant Visa, which was created for former U.S. military and government interpreters in Afghanistan and Iraq who face threats. It’s a promise unfulfilled for Malikzada and thousands like him who fear the Taliban will arrive before their visas.

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